Tougher penalties, more court monitoring, increased scrutiny of prosecutors all part of GOP anti-crime package

Published On: March 10th, 20230.6 min readCategories: Covid-19, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News

Mandatory sentences for dangerous offenders who commit violent crimes with a firearm, and tougher penalties for violent criminals with two or more convictions — among measures in a wide-ranging anti-crime package Minnesota House and Senate Republicans unveiled Thursday afternoon.  Blaine Senator Michael Kreun says a 2018 media report found little follow-up after judges order domestic offenders to give up firearms — and his bill would require a hearing…

“So the court can look into whether it’s been complied with and then take appropriate action if it hasn’t.”

Republicans also proposed increased penalties for carjacking, for fleeing police in a motor vehicle, and for possessing or distributing fentanyl.  And county prosecutors would have provide the legislature with data on felony-level offenses that don’t result in charges.

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