Prosecutors believe they missed best opportunity with failed abuse bill

Prosecutors believe they missed best opportunity with failed abuse bill

by
Mitch Coffman
May 8, 2012
Mitch Coffman
May 8, 2012

During the 2012 legislative session, a bill was proposed that would have made failure by an adult to report violent crimes against children a felony. According to the Idaho Statesman, prosecutors feel the failed bill was the best chance to expand penalties for adults who fail to report such abuse.

Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo, head of the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee, is retiring from the Legislature, and with him reviving a similar bill might not happen during the 2013 legislative session.

The bill aimed to deter adults from simply looking the other way. The idea is if a person knows turning a blind eye could cause him or her to be charged with a felony, that person is more likely to do the right thing and report the abuse.

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