DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Discharge of long term inmates. Requires the department of correction to provide for an automatic, one time review of a long term inmate's sentence to determine whether the inmate has been rehabilitated and has suitable plans that would warrant discharge from the department. Applies only to inmates who have been confined to the department for at least 25 years, not including inmates who receive sentences of death. Requires the department to establish a panel separate from the parole board to conduct the review. Requires the panel to consider all relevant factors when determining whether to discharge the inmate, with special consideration to be given to an inmate who: (1) has a good conduct history during confinement; (2) has suitable plans if discharged; and (3) is at least a high school graduate or its equivalent.