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Legislation introduced to keep murderers locked up

March 26, 2011

Photo By Kathleen McKiernan

Legislation drafted by the Office of Attorney General and sponsored by Senator Sosnowski and Representative Tanzi is designed to keep murderers like Michael Woodmansee behind bars.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and local legislators Senator Susan Sosnowski and Representative Teresa Tanzi have introduced legislation that would prevent future murderers like Michael Woodmansee from ever being eligible for time off for good behavior.

The legislation, drafted by the Office of Attorney General and sponsored by Senator Sosnowski and Representative Tanzi, amends the statute to prohibit several offenses from being eligible for time off for good behavior as outlined in the curent statute.
Under the proposed legislation, those who commit murder, kidnapping of a minor, first, second and third degree sexual assault, first and second degree child molestation, child pornography, and first degree child abuse will be prohibited from receiving time off for good behavior and cannot earn additional time from participation in and completion of educational programs.

“The time off for good behavior for those who commit egregious crimes was enacted in an era when we believed our communities were safe from monsters and predators,” Kilmartin said in a press release. “We have an obligation to continually look at the laws that are designed to protect our communities to ensure that they remain relevant in an ever changing society. With the news of the early release of Michael Woodmansee, who viciously and deliberately killed five year old Jason Foreman, the community shares the pain and outrage of the Foreman family.”

Although the proposed legislation will do nothing to erase the tragedy that took Jason Foreman’s life, Kilmartin said he hopes it will bring a sense of justice and peace to the family and community knowing that another child murderer will not be allowed time off for good behavior. Thus, the legislation, which will not affect the amount of good time credits Michael Woodmansee received, it does effect those already incarcerated from earning additional time off for good behavior.

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