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Suit alleges some state inmates held too long

6:38 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Four current and former state prison inmates have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging Colorado officials have illegally kept them incarcerated longer than they should have.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Friday the lawsuit alleges the Colorado Department of Corrections didn't give the inmates all the credit they had earned for good behavior, training and other considerations.

The lawsuit says the department believes it has the power to determine whether such credits should be applied toward inmates' release dates. The suit says the credits must be applied.

Department officials declined to comment.

The suit says potentially thousands of inmates have been held longer than they should have and says the case will likely become a class-action lawsuit.

Three of the plaintiffs are still prisoners. The fourth was released.

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