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The Senate Judiciary Committee convened Monday to discuss sentencing guidelines. Proposed changes in sentences are aimed at putting more daylight between the length of sentences doled out to low-level offenders and the sentences for “kingpins.” Staff photo: Bill Klotz
The Senate Judiciary Committee convened Monday to discuss sentencing guidelines. Proposed changes in sentences are aimed at putting more daylight between the length of sentences doled out to low-level offenders and the sentences for “kingpins.” Staff photo: Bill Klotz

Standoff looms on sentencing reform

The chairs of the House and Senate legislative committees that deal with Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines system are preparing diametrically opposed bills on whether to reform sentences for drug offenders. The fate of those reform measures is likely bound up in the fate of legislation that Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, and Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon ...

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