- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam has formed a task force to develop legislative and policy recommendations related to sentencing and recidivism.

It’s part of the administration’s overall effort to reduce crime and improve public safety.

In June, the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet announced a partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, a policy and research organization based in New York.

The partnership was formed to review sentencing and correction policies and practices, and the creation of a task force is the next step in that collaboration.

The current sentencing structure in Tennessee has been in place for more than 20 years. Officials say an examination will ensure that the structure is in line with the variety and severity of criminal behavior.

The task force is expected to submit its recommendations by June 2015.

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