Friday, February 15, 2008

Wyoming: Furloughs v. Commutations

The Wyoming Senate will consider a bill allowing the governor the option of granting medical furloughs for state prison inmates. In part, the legislation is driven by the commutation that Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) gave to Jeffrey Reichert in 2007. Reichert was a Torrington businessman who defrauded farmers of more than $1 million. However, the controversial commutation was granted so Reichert could be eligible for parole and receive additional treatment for cancer. His attorney cited the lung cancer in the application for the commutation of the sentence. Gov. Freudenthal said he was reluctant to commute Reichert's sentence and requested that the Legislature provide the option of a temporary medical parole. See story here.

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