Senate Unanimously Approves Rafferty Bill  to Increase Penalties for Home Invasions

Legislation sponsored by Senator John Rafferty (R-44) that would strengthen penalties for burglaries involving home invasions has been unanimously approved by the State Senate.

Rafferty said Senate Bill 1062 would change state law to reflect the seriousness of the violent crime of home invasions.  The current burglary statute does not distinguish those burglaries where force or threat of force is used.  His bill would create a sentencing enhancement to increase the recommended sentence for burglaries of homes when force or the threat of force is used.

“Home invasions go far beyond entering a home to steal property – they are violent acts that can leave permanent scars on those who are targeted in their own homes, where they should feel safest” Rafferty said. “This legislation would give judges the discretion to impose tougher sentences when perpetrators terrorize and inflict injury on homeowners.”

The legislation was drafted with input from the District Attorney’s Association and the Office of the Attorney General and has bipartisan support.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

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