Gov. Bill Lee called his Tennessee criminal justice reforms ‘monumental.’ Here’s what they’ll do

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday celebrated what he called a “monumental” day for the state and his term, signing two bills tied to his signature cause of criminal justice reform.

Flanked by supporters, Lee formally signed into law measures to divert more people away from state prisons and to expand support services for people who are leaving prisons after serving their sentences.

The governor struck a triumphant tone, saying the new laws would help generations of Tennesseans. He predicted it would break cycles of crime and punishment and keep families intact.

“People given the chance can turn their lives around if we only have a system and a process that allows them to have that chance,” Lee said.

“This is how we make sure that we save taxpayer dollars. This is how we make sure that we ensure safe neighborhoods. This is how we transform lives.”

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