TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 7, 2015

Faced with a state violent crime rate higher than the national average, a task force appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam yesterday recommended longer prison stays for those convicted three or more times for burglary, drug trafficking or domestic violence. The panel also called for domestic violence crimes to become felony offenses after a third conviction. The other major recommendation from the task force was to change state law to provide “truth in sentencing” so that convictions result in a clear minimum period of incarceration. The Tennessean has more on the report.