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“Early-Out” Decatur Parolee Accused of Murder
“Early-Out” Decatur Parolee Accused of Murder

The Associated Press has learned the suspect in a Decatur murder is one of 1,600 Illinois inmates released early as part of the state’s revamped good-behavior release program.

Joshua A. Jones is in the Macon County Jail after he was arrested on suspicion of murder for the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Marvin E. Perry on Aug. 17.

Jones served 19 months of a four-year sentence for drug-dealing and left prison May 3 — five months early.

Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says the rules were followed. It was the 28-year-old’s first time in prison.

A revised early release plan started last spring.

Gov. Pat Quinn shut down a similar program three years ago after hundreds of violent prisoners were quietly let go within days of arriving at prison.