Texas Releasing Convicted Killers Without Parole

Source: Gettika Rudra / ABC News

A loophole in Texas law is opening the cell doors for hundreds of convicted killers and other violent criminals and setting dates for their early release.

All inmates convicted between the year 1977 and 1987 will be released from prison after the number of days they have spent in jail and the number of days they have spent in good conduct equals one-third of their initial sentence, according to the Texas parole guide.

In 1987 the law was amended to exclude violent criminals. But the amendment only applies to violent criminals convicted after 1987.

Among those up for release is Genene Jones, 63, a Texas nurse found guilty in 1984 of injecting 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan with a fatal dose of a muscle relaxant. She was sentenced to 99 years. In addition, she got 60 concurrent years for an attack on another child who survived. Nevertheless, she is scheduled to be released on Feb. 24, 2018, after serving 35 years, according to state records.

David Port, 46, was found guilty in 1985 of abducting and shooting postal worker Deborah Sue Schatz, 23, in the head. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison, but will be released on June 5, 2014, according to state records.

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