- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A push to reform Maryland’s correctional system to save money by incarcerating nonviolent inmates less and investing in drug treatment has passed the House of Delegates.

The House voted 105-31 Monday for the bill. A committee of delegates and senators will need to iron out differences between two separate bills passed by each chamber.

The House measure repeals mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offences. It also includes provisions resembling a bill supported by Gov. Larry Hogan that would model state law after the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organization Act to help better prosecute drug traffickers.

The House bill also does not include a provision added to the Senate measure to increase maximum penalties for second-degree murder and kidnapping from 30 years to 40 years in prison.

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