Attorney General wants harsher criminal penalties
By Justin Haas
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has submitted a number of bills targeting a wide variety of crimes to the legislature this session with the goal of creating harsher penalties for those who commit those crimes.
Some of the bills are those that were submitted in a previous session that did not pass, while others are rewritten versions of old bills that died in committee. There are also new bills, including a push to increase the opportunities for people that get convicted of petty crimes to expunge their records.
Most of the legislation being pushed involve stricter punishments. One would double the penalties for dangerous driving resulting in death or serious injury. Another would create a single penalty range for drunken driving, regardless of whether it was a first offense or not.