Currently, sentencing guidelines allow for repeat offenders to serve a reduced sentence.
Rendell wants to eliminate that option and force criminals to serve a flat sentence.
“No matter what we do, with the exception of life sentencing, offenders are going to get out – even under the proposal I am making, if the legislature adopts it – they are going to get out. What this does is increase the likelihood that they will be in jail for a longer period of time,” said Rendell.
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The Pennsylvania Legislature will need to vote on the measure before it would become law.
Last September, Rendell temporarily halted the parole of state prison inmates after a Philadelphia Police officer was killed by a paroled felon.