South Carolina's highest ranking attorney wants to abolish parole, have more truth in sentencing and said it was "highly likely" that he would be running for a higher office in 2010. Attorney General Henry McMaster proposed major changes to the South Carolina court and penal system, Thursday night speaking to the Aiken GOP. Criminals completing a minimum of 85 percent of their sentence, eliminating parole and creating a "middle court" system for non-violent offenders highlighted McMaster's address. After the meeting, speaking to the Aiken Standard, McMaster admitted that although he is enjoying his current job, he has half an eye on a job that comes with a mansion in Columbia. "It's highly likely I will get into the race," said McMaster on running for governor. "I've run statewide before, and I've enjoyed it." However, in his current job, McMaster believes his new plan will save the Palmetto state "hundreds of millions of dollars" and put "teeth back in the law." "When a judge says 10 years, they know it isn't 10 years," McMaster said. "Under our current system, (a criminal) can get out in 20 months... That is ridiculous." The Attorney General's plan, which is being looked at in both the house and senate, would mean a sentence of 10 years would be literal, however a 15 percent reduction could be awarded to prisoners for good behavior. McMaster wants to move to something closer to the federal system, saying parole "guts the credibility of the judicial system." "Middle Court" is for non-violent offenders who may have failed on parole previously. It is a more intensive program that would meet once-a-week for 18 months. Like certain drug courts, the system would rely on volunteer judges and other staff. This system would require participants to keep up their education or remain employed. Those who failed out would be sent to jail to serve their full term, McMaster said. Savings of this program, he said, would be millions. Imprisoned for a year, a criminal is a $16,000 burden on the taxpayer. McMaster said he estimates this program to cost $3,250 for the 18 month program. "If we can get (the program running) we will, once again, be a model for the rest of the country in law enforcement," McMaster said.