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PAROLE VOTE: Board Votes On Change

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The Iowa Parole Board is proposing a change in the number of votes needed to let high-risk inmates out on parole.

The legislature’s administrative rules committee is scheduled to vote on the issue Tuesday.

The proposal would trim the number of votes needed for parole from 5 to 3.

Currently, all 5 members of the board must agree on paroling an inmate.

The proposal also adds risk assessments that can rate the likelihood that an inmate would engage in violent crimes after being released.

Opponents say the plan is too dangerous.

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