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Effort to stop persistent criminals gathers steam

Albany, N.Y. -- An effort to crack down on people with a habit of criminal behavior is one step closer to becoming law in New York state.

The state Senate passed legislation that would authorize courts to charge criminals with a felony if they are charged with a misdemeanor after three prior misdemeanor convictions.

The bill would address the issue of criminal offenders who persistently commit misdemeanor crimes, including sex offenses, yet avoid more severe felony prison sentences, leaving them free to commit additional crimes.

The bill was sent to the state Assembly.


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