NASHVILLE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – “While Tennessee has made the headlines recently, especially in Memphis, the Legislature was busy earlier this year passing the Truth in Sentencing Bill, HB 2656, which I co-sponsored,” said State Representative Dennis Powers.
The new law that went into effect July 1 makes sure that dangerous criminals serve their time, rather than get out early and commit more crimes. There are 14 of the most heinous crimes on the list and although it will cost an estimated $41 million per year to keep them incarcerated, it will be worth it.
“Keeping citizens safe is one of the top priorities of government, and we should never have to hear what I heard the Mayor of Memphis say this week, ‘If only the perpetrator had been required to serve the full sentence, these victims would be alive today’,” stated Rep. Powers. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/09/2022-6AM)