While it sounds tough on crime, there’s just not evidence that it works,” said Senate Minority Leader Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville. “Fundamentally, it also goes against what we’re trying to achieve. We know when we send people to prison, most of them are going to come back out and re-enter our society. We want to decrease the likelihood they return to a life of crime.”
The list of bill critics includes some Republicans as well as the American Conservative Union and Tennessee-Americans for Prosperity, which have advocated for criminal justice reform.
Asked by the Times Free Press whether the governor would sign the sentencing bill or allow it to become law without his signature, Lee Communications Director Laine Arnold stated, “I anticipate we’ll have more to say about that next week.”
Lawmakers head back to the Capitol this week for what they hope are their final few days in the 2022 legislative session.