Delaware AG Criticized on Criminal Justice Overhaul

Mar 17, 2017

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general, who has criticized an effort by a committee established by lawmakers to overhaul the state's criminal code, is proposing a more narrowly tailored approach focusing on drug laws.

Attorney General Matt Denn on Thursday unveiled legislation aimed at making Delaware's drug laws less complicated and more fair while increasing penalties for repeat convictions for drug dealing.

Denn said the revision will result in a more straightforward, coherent criminal drug code to ensure fair and proportional sentences.

Chief Justice Leo Strine Jr. has pushed for a more comprehensive rewrite of the entire criminal code.

Sen. Harris McDowell III, chair of the Criminal Justice Improvement Committee, said reforming the state's confusing drug laws is important, but that lawmakers should take a much broader look at Delaware's criminal code.