New initiative by acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman hopes to curb gun violence in Newark

New initiative by acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman hopes to curb gun violence in Newark (4/16/14)

NEWARK - Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman is stepping in to curb the rising gun violence in Newark. 

The new initiative will include state troopers on the streets, and harsher penalties for people who use guns to commit crimes. 

The program is modeled after one that was put in place in Trenton last year, a plan that decreased the murder rate by a third.

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All plea bargains for previous offenders charged with a gun crime will now automatically increase from one year to 3 1/2 years. Criminals who reject plea deals could face 10 years in prison at sentencing.

Last year, there were 111 murders in the city of Newark. The acting attorney general is also committing more than $2 million in state funds to help combat the violence.

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