filed under Criminal Justice | the law

Probation Violation Reform Is Now Law

5:53PM ON 06/17/2010
BY Beth Comery

courthouse Often referred to by defendants (without irony) as “getting violated” the old hair-trigger violation threshold of the Rhode Island criminal justice system is now a thing of the past. According to R.I.’s Future, as of last Saturday a law sponsored in the Senate by Senators Perry, Levesque, Miller, Metts, and Sosnoski, and in the House by District Two rep, and Dose contributor David Segal,

. . . now requires the dismissal of any probation violation or violation of a suspended sentence that is based on a new criminal charge for which the defendant is not convicted within a reasonable period of time, or is acquitted or dismissed.

This has been a long battle and the parties involved should be proud of their hard work. The legislation had previously been vetoed twice by Governor Carcieri, who seems to be consistently on the wrong side of everything. Matt Jerzyk does a great job explaining the changes in the law over at R.I.’s Future. This new law corrects a gravely unjust regime — we are all better for it. And don’t forget the above names come election time. . . Dave worked real hard on this one.

One Comment on “ Probation Violation Reform Is Now Law ”

  1. I can assure U, we will NOT forget those whom contributed to the change in this reform law…………..

ARCHIVES:

CATEGORIES:

Add to Technorati Favorites

side blog «contribute now!»

» More NFL Bad Lip Reading

At least watch till the Peyton Manning bit. And Belichick.

» Top Honors For Making Things Christmas-y Go To . . .

We don’t know. Who does this? Once again the corner of this…

» RISD Holiday Alumni Art Sale

Open till 5pm . . . head down to the RI Convention…

» Happy Birthday H. P. Lovecraft

Born August 20, 1890. This newly dedicated square is at Prospect and…

» Wayland Square Street Event

Be advised Wayland Avenue is blocked off to traffic between Angell and…

» Never A Boast Or A Brag

James Cagney performs “You’re a Grand Old Flag” from the movie “Yankee…

» Music Inspired By Sarah Whitman At Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum presents “Volumes of Forgotten Lore” a musical program inspired…

» Happy Holidays Providence

Nicely done City Hall — this is a handsome tree, densely spangled…

VIEW ALL SIDE-BLOG POSTS