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By Leona Vaughn
WNPA Bureau 

More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law


Last updated 2/26/2020 at 11:10am

Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people to receive treatment for substance abuse in lieu of or concurrently with prison sentences.

Senate Bill 6211 was heard by the Law and Justice Committee in an executive session on Thursday, Feb. 6. It’s companion, House Bill 2334, was scheduled to be considered Saturday, Feb. 8 in House Appropriations.

Both bills expand the eligibility for the state’s existing drug offender sentencing alternative to people convicted of crimes, such as certain sex offenses, that make them ineligible presently....

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