Assembly To Vote On Home Invasion Bill
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. September 5, 2013
The New Jersey Assembly will vote Monday on a bill that would increase the penalties for home invasions.
Home break-ins in New Jersey are now prosecuted as a burglary, and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick says offenders often get off without a prison sentence.
His bill would create the crime of home invasion with a mandatory five-to-ten years behind bars and no eligibility for early parole.
“I don’t know prevalent it is, but I can tell you this: if you come into my house and you put my family in fear, you should go to jail. If that’s a deterrent effect I don’t know but after the fact you’re going to jail.”
The measure is headed for a vote without getting a legislative hearing.
“These bad guys should go to jail now, and I think we’ve got Democratic and Republican support across the board. I suspect that there are times when this legislature has to act quickly, and this is one of them.”
Bramnick is hopeful that the Senate will also act quickly on the bill. It was prompted by the nanny-cam video of a Millburn woman being beaten by an intruder in front of her 3-year-old daughter.