Governor Markell has signed legislation into law that enacts a proposal from his State of the State address to reform Delaware’s habitual offender law, eliminating mandatory life sentences for drug offenders and providing judges with more discretion for sentencing non-violent offenders. Senate Bill 163 was championed by State Senator Karen Peterson and received bi-partisan support when approved recently by the General Assembly.
Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Access to the Ballot Box, Builds on Record of Criminal Justice Reform
Today, at the Achievement Center in Wilmington, Governor Markell signed legislation that removes the financial bar to restoring voting rights for people convicted of felonies who have completed their sentence. The legislation, shepherded through the General Assembly by Senator Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington East) and Representative Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South), will make Delaware one of 40 states that have increased access to the ballot box in recent years and will prevent an individual from being unable to participate in our democracy because of their inability to pay.
Early this morning, Governor Jack Markell signed a balanced Fiscal Year 2017 budget funding programs that build on the progress made to increase Delawareans’ opportunities to make the most of their talents. The budget reflects changes realized and reinforced by the Administration and the General Assembly over eight years, helping the state achieve the fastest job growth in the region while raising the quality of life for all Delawareans.
The General Assembly approved legislation today that removes the financial bar to restoration of voting rights for people convicted of felonies who have completed their sentence. Delaware had been one of only three states that required payment of financial obligations before restoration of voting rights, and the only state with a statutory bar to restoration of voting rights until full payment was made.
Plan Highlights Include: Reductions In Some Minimum Mandatory Sentences, Tough Treatment of Gun Offenses, and Steps To Minimize Child Involvement In the Criminal Justice System and Ensure That Innocent Persons Do Not Receive Criminal Records With a goal of a more fair and just criminal justice system, Attorney General Matt Denn Thursday unveiled a collection […]