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Within six months on probation, Brian Fullman had seen the error of his ways. But a nonviolent felony drug conviction in his youth earned him 6 ½ more years of close supervision, and he had a long way to go. “I felt it was more about them waiting to send me back,” said Fullman, now an organizer for the interfaith group Isaiah Minnesota. “It was very inhumane.”

Starting Aug. 1, most felons sentenced to probation will be spared a similar fate.

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