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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's forming a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.
McAuliffe said Wednesday on a monthly radio show that the commission will study whether Virginia is holding prisoners unnecessarily long and whether it's doing enough to rehabilitate criminals.

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Give prison inmate tablet computers.

That’s one proposal by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler as he fleshes out ideas for reducing the number of ex-offenders who return to prison.

Maryland’s top law enforcement officer said the proposal would help offenders build education credentials and social support before they leave prison.

The tablets, he said, would also allow limited and monitored email access so that inmates could keep in touch with their families.

It’s just one element of a 10-part plan for bringing ex-felons back into their community.

Former convicts in Delaware could soon get the chance to vote in an election as soon as they complete their sentences.

There is an effort underway in the General Assembly to eliminate the five-year waiting period for eligible felons with the exception of those convicted of the most serious crimes such as murder.

The constitutional amendment was approved in last year’s session.

But Delaware requires an amendment to be approved in two consecutive sessions by the General Assembly before it can become part of the state constitution.