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Fewer ND inmates max out sentences before release

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A new study says North Dakota releases fewer inmates without supervision than the national average.

The report from the Pew Charitable Trust says the number of inmates nationwide who maxed out their sentences in prison and were released without supervision grew 119 percent between 1990 and 2012. The unsupervised inmates represented 22 percent of all prisoners released in 2012.

In North Dakota, the figure was about 17 percent.

The Pew Charitable Trust says released inmates with no supervision are 36 percent more likely to reoffend.

The percentage of released inmates who left without supervision in 2012 varied widely among the states, with a high of 64 percent in Florida and a low of 6 percent in Oregon.