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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Domestic violence is a sometimes fatal-always frightening criminal act. One which we've become all to familier wiht, yet one which our society wishes would go away.
A vistum of domestic violence lives in fear for her life and in most cases, the lives of her children.
In addition to fer, a victunm of domestic violence experiences feelings of isolation, embarrassment, confusion,
and helplessness. While there aren't any easy answers, quick fixes, or immediate solutions, there is help. No on— A bipartisan package of bills designed to help crack down on domestic violence and habitual offenders was recently introduced in the Michigan Senate, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

Under current law, it is nearly impossible to send an individual who is a habitual offender to prison unless a more serious offense is involved.

       Measures in the “Domestic Violence Awareness Package” would:
  • Enhance penalties for conviction of a second or third domestic violence offense by allowing prosecutors to use a prior deferred offense against the perpetrator;
  • Increase the penalty for a third conviction of domestic violence from the current two-year felony to a five-year felony; and
  • Amend the sentencing guidelines for a third conviction of domestic violence to make prison time more likely for habitual offenders
  • .By working together, we can show the cowards who abuse their spouses that their behavior is not tolerated in Michigan,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This legislation targets habitual offenders and will provide further protection for victims of domestic violence.”

     

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