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Maryland General Assembly gives final approval to sweeping criminal justice overhaul

Maryland General Assembly gives final approval to sweeping criminal justice overhaul

The General Assembly gave its final approval Monday to a sweeping reform of Maryland's criminal justice system in an effort to reduce incarceration and use the savings to prevent repeat offenses and improve public safety.

Both the state Senate and the House voted to approve a deal struck by negotiators Saturday night. Legislative staff and the print shop labored through Sunday and into Monday to deliver the 163-page bill to the floor in time for passage before the a midnight deadline. The legislature's annual 90-day session ends tonight.

In an unusual display of bipartisan cooperation, the measure brought together Democrats and Republicans on landmark...

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