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Governor right to take killers off work-release

Until this fall, not many people were aware that the state allows convicted murderers to work outside prison walls.

When THE DAILY wrote in September about three who escaped, the public reacted. So did Gov. Bob Riley who removed 28 from state work-release centers and 247 from community centers.

After a lengthy review, the Department of Corrections last week added people convicted of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide to the list of prisoners banned from work-release. The list already included kidnappers, drug traffickers and aggravated offenders.

Ten of those convicted of murder lived at Decatur's work-release center.

The governor acted in the interest of safety, and because law abiding citizens simply don't want these people in position to escape. Most of them would cause no problems but when they escape, members of victims' families and trial witnesses are potential targets for revenge.

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