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Gang-related crime is doing more time

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Olivia Cianci

The Senate has approved a bill to increase prison time for gang-related crimes. The legislation will allow up to one extra year for misdemeanors, and an additional 10 years for felonies. The extra years are to be served consecutively.

Senator Jabour, a sponsor of the legislation, said "We should send a message to members: If you think being part of a gang makes you special, it will when it comes time for sentencing."

"By providing enhancement penalties for offenses that are committed for the benefit of or at the direction of a gang, we will be able to reduce gang-related crime and violence and deter vulnerable youth from joining criminal street gangs," says Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, a major proponent of the bill.

Similar legislation is being introduced to the House.

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