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April 2011 , Page 49 

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Legislatures Consider Deferment and Sentencing Reform

By Angelyn C. Frazer; Adam Diamond

Rhode Island Deferment Of Sentence Bill

For the majority of individuals convicted and sentenced to prison, their sentences are further exaggerated by the various collateral consequences faced after they are released. Individuals with deferred sentences must serve their time, but their criminal records are expunged after they complete their sentences, ensuring their rights are restored. A deferred sentence essentially allows an individual to re-enter society with as few impediments as possible.

If an individual completes five years of probation successfully without violating the probationary requirements, Rhode Island statute § 12-19-19 provides that the defendant’s case will be dismissed, the defendant will be considered exonerated, and the record of the complaint and offense will be sealed. In addition, all public records that discuss the crime will not indicate the identity of the defendant. 

Mike DiLauro of the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office summarize
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