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Upstate Senator Pushes To End Parole For Non Violent Offenders

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South Carolina Senator Larry Martin is pushing a bill that would end parole for non violent offenders. This comes after the CEO involved in the collapse of Carolina Investors was released on parole after serving less than a year behalf his sentence.

Larry Madden worked two jobs to save for retirement.

"I started off working when I was just a kid 13, I think I started working for 50 cents an hour," Madden said. @

In the blink of an eye all that hard earned money was gone. Madden was one of the nearly 12 thousand people who lost everything when Carolina Investors went under.

"It went from where we could have had anything we wanted, to now we cant having nothing we want, we just live on a disability check and that's it," Madden said.

Jack Sterling, CEO of Home Gold, Carolina Investors parent company, was granted parole Wednesday, after serving less than one year of his 5 year sentence for security fraud.

"It's a slap on the wrist for him and a slap in the face to the investors," Madden said.  

South Carolina State Senator Larry Martin understands why the victims are angry, which is why he introduced a bill that would eliminate parole for non violent offenders. It would require the person serve at least 85% of their sentence. Over time the Parole Board would be eliminated. would eliminate the parole board. @

"The confidence in the system is somewhat shaken by the fact that someone who is sentenced to five years is all of a sudden released on parole in less than a year," Senator Martin said.  

The law wouldn't help in the Sterling case, it would only be for future sentencing's. But the bill still has Madden's full support.

"I agree 100% percent" Madden said.

Madden says a law like this would have saved him the pain, of watching the man, that stole everything from his family, walk free.

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