Bill Aimed to Stiffen Penalty…

A bill that would make the murder of a child younger than 14 years of age a capital felony is on its way to the Senate.  HB 228: Penalty for Homicide of Child was passed unanimously by the House on Tuesday, February 6, 2007.  Testifying in support of the bill, Sutherland Institute President Paul T. Mero said, “This bill is about punishment; not deterrents, not therapy, not plea bargains; just punishment as it should be in these cases.”  HB 228 is one of several bills in a suite of legislation that Sutherland is pursuing to address serious crimes against children.