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Wyoming senators oppose criminal justice reform bill

December 24, 2018

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s U.S. senators were among those who didn’t vote to approve a major overhaul of the federal criminal justice system.

Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso tell the Wyoming Tribune Eagle they’re concerned about early release for violent offenders.

Changes in the bill include increasing the amount of time off their sentences that federal prison inmates get for good behavior. Wyoming doesn’t have a federal prison but Barrasso and Enzi say they’re concerned that prisoners from Wyoming who are released early will come back to the state.

The bill also eliminates some minimum penalties and automatic life sentences for third convictions.

President Donald Trump signed the bill into law Friday after it passed the Senate 87-12 and the House 358-36. Wyoming U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney voted for the bill.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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