Series of crime bills pass through DE General Assembly

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The Delaware General Assembly is sending two crime-related bills to the governor.  The state Senate unanimously passed a measure yesterday that would tie the criminal sentence for home improvement fraud to the value of the loss suffered by the victim.

Lawmakers also approved legislation yesterday that would make permanent a civil citation program for first-time juvenile offenders accused of certain misdemeanors, which would keep the teens from entering the criminal justice system.

The House also gave approval to a bill that would allow judges to try 16 to 18-year-olds as juveniles if they are charged with possession of a gun in a felony crime but did not display it.  That bill now goes to the Senate.