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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A group of Ohio prisoner advocates and the friends and family of longtime inmates are planning a Christmas day protest.

The group, known as the Universal Support Network, says about 10 to 20 people plan to sacrifice much of their holiday for a two-hour protest in front of the Ohio Parole Board's building in downtown Columbus.

The Cincinnati-based group is condemning the imprisonment of what they say is 3,500 inmates sentenced before a 1996 law changed sentencing guidelines.

The legislation called for flat prison sentences of definite amounts, such as a 10-year sentence, as opposed to sometimes-broad ranges under the old law, such as a three-to-15-year sentence.

The Universal Support Network is condemning the parole board for not releasing more so-called "old-law" inmates.

A parole board spokeswoman didn't respond to a request for comment.

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