The full House has passed a bill that would let certain elderly prison inmates apply for an early parole. Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith sponsors the bill. She tells House members the Department of Corrections confirms that only a small number of prisoners 60 or older would be eligible to ask for parole under her bill.
Smith's bill would let only non-violent & non-sex offenders, that are 60 or older, apply for a parole hearing. Her bill is no guarantee of early release; that's up to the parole board. Smith says her bill can help rehabilitate elderly inamtes and motivate others to good behavior.  Angola Warden Burl Cain likes the legislation, and no one spoke in opposition. The House voted 65-25 in favor of the bill. It will now move to the Senate.