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COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL CYNTHIA H. COFFMAN REACTS TO COLORADO SUPREME COURT RULING ON GOOD-TIME CREDITS

DENVER—The Colorado Supreme Court today reversed the judgment of the district court and a prior unpublished opinion of the Colorado Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court held that the lower courts erroneously concluded that for inmates convicted of crimes committed after July 1, 1993, good-time credits are applied against an inmate’s mandatory release date. The Supreme Court correctly held that good time credits are applied only to determine the date an inmate is eligible for discretionary parole. As a result, Randall Ankeney will serve the completion of his sentence.
 
The following statement is to be attributed to Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman:
 
“The high court’s decision ensures that Ankeney and others seeking an early release from prison will not be able to cut short their sentences or skirt time on parole. This is a significant victory for public safety in our state.”
 
 
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