A bill that would reshuffle Pennsylvania's prison system to save money by reserving state prisons for the most dangerous offenders is moving swiftly through the Legislature.
The House approved the measure 198-0 after a brief debate Tuesday. It now moves to the Senate.
Consultants from the Council of State Governments worked with state officials, legislators, judges, lawyers and victim advocates on the ``justice reinvestment'' initiative that will divert more non-violent offenders and parole violators into non-prison settings.
The state Corrections Department has reduced its estimate of the savings to $253 million in the first five years, but officials say that's still more than the cost of implementing the changes. They say nearly half of the savings _ $121 million _ will be available to help pay for other state programs.