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Attorney General wants harsher criminal penalties

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April 15, 2013

Rhode Island

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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