ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan is backing a measure to form a council to work on ways to cut spending on corrections and reduce recidivism.

Hogan, a Republican, announced support for the bill Thursday. He says taking a tough stance on crime isn’t just about incarceration. He says the state needs to strike a balance and explore ways of helping people who have served their time get back on their feet.

The House of Delegates vote 119-19 on Thursday to create the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council. It would bring together people from across the state’s criminal justice system.

The panel would use a data-driven approach to develop statewide sentencing and corrections policies that could result in legislation.

A similar bill passed the Senate on a unanimous vote.

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