Post by Logan on Jun 24, 2016 7:58:00 GMT -6
Delaware will scale back mandatory penalties for repeat offenders, sometimes called "three-strikes laws," after the House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday.
It is a win for state leaders and advocates who say the country needs to rethink its approach to its justice system after years of "tough on crime" policies caused incarceration rates that dwarf most other developing countries.
"This is not legislation for New Castle County; this is not legislation for Delaware. This legislation is a trend going throughout the country," said Rep. J.J. Johnson, D-New Castle. "You can't reform somebody when you put them in jail for life."
Gov. Jack Markell has said he will sign the measure.
Read more: www.delawareonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/21/three-strikes-laws/86188402/