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U.S. Senate passes prison reform bill co-sponsored by Amy Klobuchar

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Changes could be coming to the nation’s criminal justice system.

A prison reform bill, known as the “First Step Act”, was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Tuesday night.

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota was one of the bill’s cosponsors.

Her office says the bill addresses prison overcrowding, and creates a new system for non-violent drug offenders.

“In a number of cases they have diverted limited law enforcement resources away from important public safety initiatives that would allow us to go after violent criminals and they have resulted in prison sentences that don’t actually fit the crime,” said Klobuchar.

This law would only apply to federal prisoners.

The U.S. House is expected to pass the bill later this week.

President Trump is expected to sign it.

Briggs LeSavage

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