- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Assembly has approved the creation of a permanent program offering drug and alcohol addiction counseling for some parole violators.

Assembly members voted unanimously Wednesday to approve AB12. The measure now goes to the Senate.

Lawmakers voted in 2011 to establish a so-called diversion program offering drug and alcohol counseling to certain parole violators in lieu of returning them to jail.

Supporters say the program cuts down on prison crowding and helps keep parole violators from constantly returning to prison.

The bill removes a 2015 expiration date on the program and makes it permanent.

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