Legislative panel to consider sentencing changes

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A legislative committee meets Tuesday to consider making recommendations on changes to Arizona's criminal sentencing laws.

The House Study Committee on Sentencing was formed to evaluate the effectiveness of sentencing laws and make findings and recommendations to legislative leaders for possible consideration during the regular session.

The committee's chairman has said ideas being discussed include giving judges more discretion and reducing the current "truth in sentencing" requirement that most offenders serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.

But the topic is controversial, with some lawmakers saying they want no part of any recommendations to make the laws more lenient.

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