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“Taken together, they will help increase rehabilitation and improve our state’s public safety.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee (AFP-TN) applauded the Senate for passing two critical criminal justice reform bills.
The Transparency In Sentencing For Victims Act (HB 2657) requires the court to provide estimated time a defendant will serve before becoming eligible for release on the record at the sentencing hearing. The Drug Free Zone Look Back Act (HB 1449) creates a process to allow a defendant, the district attorney general, or the court to motion the court that imposed an enhanced sentence for a drug-free zone violation prior to September 1, 2020, to resentence a defendant if outlined criteria are met.
AFP-TN State Director Tori Venable released the following statement:
“Sentencing should fit the severity of the crime. These two critical reforms will bring more transparency to the sentencing process and reduce arbitrary extended sentences that drive up costs for taxpayers. Taken together, they will help increase rehabilitation and improve our state’s public safety. We applaud the Senate for passing these bills.”