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A pair of bills would give state parole board the ability to increase the time between parole hearings

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A pair of bills in the state legislature could offer survivors of criminal acts some relief from having to relive the traumatic events that landed their perpetrator in prison.

The measures would allow the state parole board to decrease the frequency of an inmate’s parole hearings to up to five years instead of every year or two, after an initial denial of release.

Randy Gilbert is the survivor of a 1979 attack by East Lansing serial killer Don Miller.

"It's just very difficult to deal with on a daily basis. I think if we did have that five year program, and we were allowed to five years, it would be very helpful for us victims." said Gilbert during a Senate Judiciary Committee review of the bills today.

The bills have been approved by the House and are awaiting approval from the Senate.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR's weekend news programs.