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Lawmaker Say Criminal Justice System Fails Women

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — One Nevada lawmaker says a sprawling criminal justice reform bill is likely the "single most important and transformative" legislation on the topic in the Legislature's history.

Democratic Assemblyman Steve Yeager told lawmakers at a bill hearing Friday morning that Nevada's criminal justice system is failing women and is falling short as a whole because offenders continue to reoffend while taxpayers see an increasing cost.

He says the incarceration rate for women in Nevada is 43 percent higher than the U.S. average.

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Yeager and state Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty walked through the various aspects of the bill to lawmakers. The bill would re-classify certain crimes, raise the monetary threshold for a felony theft charge and provide greater support to offenders re-entering society, among other measures.