State task force on sentencing to have final meeting this week

NASHVILLE — A state task force focusing on reducing crime and improving public safety will have their final meeting this week. The Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism is set to meet Thursday in Nashville, according to a release from the state. One of the task force’s possible recommendations is extending prison sentences, which would boost the prison population by 4 percent over a five-year period, according to a report by the Vera Institute of Justice. The task force has worked over the past year to develop recommendations to present to the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet, the release states. The subcabinet has partnered with the Vera Institute of Justice, which has assisted in reviewing sentencing and correction policies and practices in Tennessee.

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