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Assembly passes sweeping criminal justice reform bill

May 28, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A sprawling criminal justice reform bill that aims to curb the state’s growing prison population has inched one step closer to becoming law.

Democrats in the state Assembly passed the amended legislation Tuesday. The measure lessens penalties for certain crimes, such as raising the monetary threshold for a felony theft charge to $1,200.

The bill must gain approval from the state Senate before becoming law. Assemblyman Steve Yeager is a backer of the bill and says projected savings from the amended reform bill will be less than expected.

He says the changes will result in about $550 million in savings over the next decade, but the figure is $90 million less in savings than what was projected from the original legislation.

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