Monday, February 13, 2006

One positive response

A bill that would make attacks on the homeless a separate crime has been introduced by state representatives Ari Porth (D-Coral Springs) and Priscilla Taylor (D-Riviera Beach).

A person who commits aggravated battery or assault upon a homeless person -- regardless of whether he knows the victim is homeless -- would face: a minimum of three years in jail; a maximum fine of $10,000; restitution to the victim; and up to 500 hours of community service.

In addition, when the victim is homeless, the seriousness of the crime would be heightened. For example, aggravated battery, normally a second-degree felony, would be a first-degree felony.

Read the bill here.


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