Measure Would Qualify Qbout 1,600 Prisoners for Release

Prison officials say about 16-hundred lower-risk inmates would qualify for release from Nevada's overcrowded prisons if lawmakers back a bill that doubles the time credits inmates get for good behavior.

The Assembly Select Committee on Corrections, Parole and Probation also was told that sentences for about two-thousand other inmates on parole would expire under the measure.

State Corrections Department Director Howard Skolnik says there are more than 13-thousand inmates in Nevada prisons, well above budget and space allotments _ and it's up to lawmakers to make the policy decisions that would ease the overcrowding.

A second bill being considered by the panel would target inmates seeking parole, requiring the Parole Board to adopt regulations that specify standards for determining whether the inmate should be released.