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Two criminal justice reform bills sail through the House, as they have in years past. Will they die in the Senate, as they have in years past?

Feb. 16, 2018

By Better Wyoming staff

It could be déjà vu in the Legislature for two positive criminal justice reform proposals that easily passed the House last year but never even had a chance to be heard in the Senate, thanks to some backhanded procedural moves by “tough on crime” lawmakers.

This week, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously […]

Just what Wyoming needs: More laws to imprison people for marijuana

Dec. 5, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Late last month the state Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee voted to sponsor two new bills that would make possessing edible marijuana a felony.

Lawmakers have failed repeatedly to put a law on the books to regulate pot that’s not in “plant form”—from cookies to tinctures and […]

Proposals to make strangling your wife a “violent” felony test whether anyone in Wyoming (besides the ACLU) is really serious about criminal justice reform

Nov. 30, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

Strangling your wife is not considered a “violent” crime in Wyoming.

Wyoming’s laws protecting women from domestic violence are weak across the board. Classifying domestic strangulation as “nonviolent,” as our state’s statutes currently do, seems like one of several no-brainer problems that decency might compel the […]

More prison or less prison? Judiciary Committee kills a “tough on crime” bill and moves a reform bill forward

Nov. 17, 2017

By Better Wyoming staff

After the Good Ol’ Boys killed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill last legislative session via dirty back-room politics (read Andrew Graham’s excellent exposé on the subject at WyoFile), the Joint Judiciary Committee is trying to pick up the pieces and move them forward, bit […]