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New Anti-Crime Measures Proposed in Rhode Island

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis 

Keeping certain prisoners locked up at the ACI, instead of paroling them is the goal of a new bill from State Senator Lou Raptakis (D-RI).

It was sparked by so–called, "Thrill Killer," Alfred Brissette, Jr.

The 33 year old was approved for parole last year, although that decision was later reversed.

Under the newly proposed law, the Attorney General could veto the RI Parole Board.

Sen. Raptakis said, "It would give them a tool, to correct or object to the Parole Board releasing this type of individual and we're only going to have it toward first and second degree murderers."

We contacted the Rhode Island ACLU, but it won't comment until an actual bill is filed in the General Assembly.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "These new measures aren't just designed to protect the public from people still locked up at the ACI, but also to protect them from those who have been released."

34 year old Robert Spaulding - a sexual assault suspect - cut off his home monitoring bracelet two weeks ago and escaped.

The Alliance for Safe Communities posted his mug shot online under a so–called "PAL Alert," for predator at–large.

Spaulding was captured, so the Alliance now wants similar help finding other wanted criminals.

Carolyn Medeiros, Executive Director of the Alliance for Safe Communities, said, "I mean I am not asking for neon signs on the highway, but at least for our local media to release the photo, and you know the most recent disturbing activity with him."

With more prisoners at risk of escaping home detention devices, the Alliance wants stricter enforcement and penalties.

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