Similar attempts to modify the sentencing laws stalled the past two years in the Legislature amid opposition from law-enforcement officials. But leaders of prosecutor and police groups spoke in favor of the proposal Wednesday.
Supporters say the bill aims to direct more people convicted of low-level felonies to work release and other local programs rather than sending them to prison. It would also require those convicted of the most-serious crimes to spend more time in prison.
Some critics worry the state will end up with too many longtime inmates.