Margaret Scott, Office of the Summit County Prosecuting Attorney, testifies in support of the Violent Career Criminal Act

The Ohio Senate Criminal Justice Committee heard testimony today in favor of legislation sponsored by State Senators Frank LaRose (R-Copley) andJim Hughes (R-Columbus).
Margaret Scott, Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor to Sherry Bevan Walsh, Summit County Prosecuting Attorney, and Akron Police Chief James Nice testified in support of Senate Bill 97, the Violent Career Criminal Act. The bill would classify any adult convicted of at least two violent felonies in the past eight years as a “Violent Career Criminal” and require an additional 2 to 11 years of mandatory prison time for these offenders upon the discretion of the sentencing judge.
Scott said in her testimony, “By increasing the penalties for those who meet the requirements to be classified as Armed Violent Career Criminals, you allow the judge the option to keep dangerous criminals off the streets, thereby keeping our community safer for a longer period of time.”
Chief Nice also testified as a proponent of the bill, saying, “I support this legislation that seeks to target repeat offenders and reduce gun crime by the worst of the worst in our society.”
LaRose said, “This bill represents an important step in removing these offenders from our streets so that we can keep our neighborhoods safe without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. It’s important to hear from the professionals who keep our community safe. I sincerely appreciate Prosecutor Scott and Chief Nice taking the time to come before the committee today and speak in favor of our bill.”
Senate Bill 97 is awaiting a third hearing before the Senate Civil Justice Committee.

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