- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Senate will consider a bill that would enact a wide range of changes in the state’s justice system, all aimed at curbing growth in the state’s prison population.

It takes a two-thirds vote to introduce non-budget bills in the legislative session that started Monday in Cheyenne. The criminal justice reform bill sponsored by the Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee received unanimous support in the Senate.

Sen. Leland Christensen is a Republican from Alta and serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Christensen urged support for the bill, saying it would provide more access to drug treatment programs for convicts. He also says it would give judges more say in how to sentence offenders and change parole and probation programs to give judges more leeway in releasing non-violent offenders.

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