FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lori Sitler
Date: March 11, 2002
ATTORNEY GENERAL BRADY RELEASES 2002 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
(Wilmington, DE) - Attorney General M. Jane Brady today released her 2002 Legislative Agenda at a press briefing in her Wilmington office. As she has for each year of her tenure, Brady put forth legislative proposals on a range of issues from Strengthening the Ability of the Police to Investigate Sex Crimes against children to Denying Bail to Violent Bail-Jumpers to Making Property Crime Victims Whole.
"We have taken ideas received by my Legislative Review Committee from victims, the public, police and prosecutors in my office and fashioned them into proposals to help make the criminal justice system work better," Brady said.
On the issue of denying release to a person who commits a violent felony after being released on bail for an earlier offense, Attorney General Brady remarked, "If a person violates the trust of the court by committing a violent crime while on bail, it is appropriate to revoke bail in the original case".
With regard to her proposal to allow property crime victims to seek compensation from the Violent Crimes Compensation Board, Brady commented that, "Property crimes can have a significant impact especially on low income victims who often live in high crime areas they cannot afford to leave. This bill will provide for some financial relief for uninsured losses for those victims."
The Legislative Review Committee of the Department of Justice was created by Attorney General Brady in 1995. It is a resource for law enforcement, corrections and other criminal justice system agencies as well as members of the public. It meets throughout the year to draft and review legislative proposals to present to the General Assembly for consideration. Last week, a package of sentencing reforms was unveiled which represented substantial effort by the Committee over the course of the last two years in reviewing data and drafting sentencing proposals which accurately reflect the sentencing practices in the courts.