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Rhode Island Senate Votes on Parole Reform

Last Friday, Rhode Island Senate voted 36 to 0 to pass a bill that requires offenders receiving non-life terms for first or second degree murder to serve at least half their sentence before becoming eligible for parole. The bill sponsored by Sen. Leonidas Raptakis (D-Coventry) also requires inmates serving life terms for first or second degree murder to wait a minimum of 30 years before they are eligible for parole.  The current minimum is 20 years. The bill now awaits action in the House.