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Group examines TN sentencing laws, recidivism

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NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - A task force formed by Gov. Bill Haslam is examining Tennessee's sentencing structure and looking at ways to reduce the state's high recidivism rate.

The group held its second meeting on Wednesday since being formed earlier this year.

Tennessee's current sentencing structure has been in place for more than 20 years, and the state's recidivism rate is averaging around 44 to 45 percent. That's the number of people returning to prison within three years of being released.

Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons is helping to head up the group. He says the state's recidivism rate is too high.

He says while the task force is looking at changing sentencing laws and tackling recidivism, the ultimate goal is reducing crime.

The group is scheduled to meet again in January.

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