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Nearly Half of States Made Criminal Sentencing Changes in 2014
Alabama this month became the latest state to overhaul its prison sentencing laws. What's notable about the prison-reform movement is that many of the changes are in the South – and that they're being pushed by conservatives both on economic and moral grounds.
In fact, 23 states enacted 51 bills last year dealing with sentencing and criminal penalties, according to the State Sentencing and Corrections Legislation database provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project. At least seven of those bills – Hawaii’s HB 1926 and HB 2205, Kansas’s HB 2490, Louisiana’s HB 732, Rhode Island’s HB 7599 and SB 2754, and Tennessee’s SB 2021 – concerned mandatory minimum sentences.
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, Pew Charitable Trusts
Legend: Enacted criminal sentencing measures in 2014: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Enacted mandatory minimum sentencing measures: Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Tennessee
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