Should Home Invaders Face Mandatory Jail Time? [VIDEO/AUDIO/POLL]
It's likely to mean lengthy prison time for the suspect when and if police catch the man, who was caught on a nanny camera beating a northern New Jersey woman during a home invasion.
You might be shocked to learn that the same can't be said for all home invaders because some do no jail time. One lawmaker is looking to change that.
"I've directed the Office of Legislative Services, in a rush manner, to develop the crime of home invasion that would require the courts to impose a minimum mandatory jail sentence even for a first offender," explains Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick. "The reason I'm so serious about this is right now a burglary can be a third-degree crime. You could arguably walk away from a home invasion."
Under Bramnick's proposal, which he hopes will be in bill form very soon, people would be convicted of the crime of home invasion if they break into a house where a person is present. A judge would be required to hand down a sentence of 5-to-10 years behind bars and the offender would have to serve at least 85 percent of that sentence.
"Someone who does an attempted home invasion, enters someone's castle and places that person in fear, that person should go away for a long time," insists Bramnick. "I am dead serious. When you enter my house or someone else's house, you'd better know you're going to jail for a long time."
Bi-partisan support for his legislation is all but a sure thing predicts Bramnick. He says people have to be protected in their own homes and if they are in their house when someone breaks in, that someone has to be locked up.
"We need to send the message clearly that if you do a home invasion you're going to jail for a long time, period," says Bramnick. "End of story. No judge discretion on that."
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