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Groups promote changes in Minnesota criminal justice system

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Groups calling for changes in Minnesota's criminal justice system to make it easier for people to turn their lives around say they're optimistic that some of the proposals they're promoting may become law this year.

Leaders of the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition say they have grounds for hoping that a proposal to stop suspending drivers' licenses for unpaid traffic tickets will finally get enacted.

The bill has significant support in the GOP-controlled Senate and among Republicans in the DFL-controlled House.

They also hopeful about a bill to encourage alternatives to incarceration for primary caregivers for children.

Associated Press

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