Las Vegas Sun

September 17, 2019

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Democrat says justice reform bill changes to lower savings

CARSON CITY — A leading Nevada Democrat says amendments to a sprawling criminal justice reform bill are expected to cut the state's projected prison savings by about $90 million over the next decade.

A January legislative report said the original criminal justice reform bill would cut expansion in the state's prison population and save Nevada $640 million in prison costs over the next decade.

Assemblyman Steve Yeager reports the bill will still result in "meaningful" savings, but changes made to the legislation after backroom negotiations are expected to lower the projected savings to about $550 million and will not as severely curb the growing prison population compared to the original bill.

Yeager says he received the new projected savings figure from the Crime and Justice Institute.