Revises numerous criminal justice policies for overall harsher penalties.
Establishes mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for possession, manufacturing, or sale of any Schedule II drugs. Penalties also apply to any drugs cut with a controlled substance — whether the buyer is aware the drug is laced or not.
- Low-level sentence of 1-5 years in prison and $50,000 maximum fine (28-200 grams)
Mid-level sentence of 2-10 years in prison and $100,000 maximum fine (200-400 grams)
High-level sentence of 15 years to life in prison and $250,000 maximum fine (400+ grams).
Prohibits a Court from granting probation to individuals convicted of fentanyl possession, including suspended sentences. Effectively requires incarceration be the penalty for drug offenses.
Increases the length of time an individual can be held in custody before their pretrial release hearing from 48 hours to 72 hours. States that Courts should require bail in most cases. Authorizes holding an individual in custody without bail when there is ‘clear and convincing’ evidence the individual is a flight risk, danger to the community, or won’t return for trial.
Currently: In First Committee
April 3: Waiver granted for exemption from the deadline.
March 27: Introduced to the Senate for first reading. Assigned to the Senate Committee on Judiciary for review.