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Shorter prison terms, save money, Colorado lawmakers say

DENVER, Colorado ” Democratic lawmakers are proposing that Colorado reduce prison sentences for nonviolent offenders to help save money.

Sen. John Morse of Colorado Springs and Rep. Claire Levy of Boulder are set to unveil their sentencing reform bill on Wednesday.

The push is getting the backing of public defenders and mental health advocates but also the Independence Institute, a free-market think tank.

Sen. Morgan Carroll of Aurora says lawmakers also want to change the law to treat drug users differently than drug dealers.

She says it makes more sense and costs less to put drug addicts in treatment programs outside prison rather than behind bars.

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She also says many prison treatment programs are full and have waiting lists of inmates who need help.

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