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Mon Oct 31, 2016, 06:31 PM

Delaware AG: Simplify Delaware's drug laws

The state's top law enforcement official says Delaware needs to rework "complicated and cumbersome" drug laws that sometimes tack on harsher sentences for "arbitrary" reasons.

"It is time for us to revise our criminal drug laws to make them more simple, more fair and more logical," Attorney General Matt Denn said in a news release.

Denn says he will craft specific proposals for the General Assembly to consider after working with law enforcement, victims advocates and substance abuse experts. But he laid out broad themes for what he hopes that legislation would accomplish:

Simplifying drug laws so that they are easier for police, attorneys and judges to apply.

Removing "sentencing enhancements" that impose stiffer punishments based on geographic areas, which Denn argues are causing urban residents to face harsher consequences that suburban or rural residents.

Eliminate other enhancements that "do not appear logical," like tougher penalties for drug crimes that involve the use of a car.

Putting more resources into drug treatment programs for inmates and defendants who enter diversion programs instead of going to jail.

Read more: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2016/10/31/denn-drug-laws/93085432/

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