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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he will sign a recently-passed bill that aims to reduce prison populations and cost.

The state Senate and House passed the amended measure Monday. The bill boosts treatment programs and alternative sentencing for nonviolent criminals. It also calls for changes to probation and parole programs to reduce recidivism.

The bill’s proponents say it will save the state more than $400 million over ten years. About half of those savings will be reinvested into programs to keep the prison population low.