Lawmakers Eye a Fine for Crime

Monday, Jun 10, 2013  |  Updated 5:23 AM EDT
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Lawmakers Eye a Fine for Crime

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Lawmakers are targeting crime in one city by tragetting the pockets of those that comment them.

State lawmakers from Wilmington want to make crime in the city more costly for the perpetrators.

The Delaware state House is expected to vote this week on a bill that requires people convicted of criminal offenses in Wilmington to pay a new $25 penalty, on top of any other fines and penalties they might face.

Supporters say that with the city's high crime rate, the new fines would help offset the costs of policing and investigations.

The bill calls for penalties to be paid to court officials for transfer to the state treasury, where they would be deposited in a separate account and paid to the city each year.

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