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By Katie Lannan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 12, 2017.....State senators on Thursday rallied behind a criminal justice bill they plan to debate this month, while acknowledging that the legislation doesn't go as far as some would like and it's passage would be one step in a complicated process.

The bill, a wide-ranging packing of reforms that includes changes to sentencing laws governing some drug crimes, bail practices, solitary confinement and the juvenile justice system, has support from a broad swath of the Senate, but its provisions could not become law without the backing of the House, where leaders are still forging their path ahead on the issues and are still woring on legislation.

"We need to fight like hell for this bill," Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz said at an event at the Grand Staircase with senators and advocates. "To protect it, to advance it, and we should not accept anything less."

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