CRIME: Hungry, Cold, Scorched

New York State, not wishing to have a gun-toting Herrin (Ill.) within its boundaries, decided to tighten its criminal laws last year. The result was a batch of legislation, known as the Baumes laws, which went into effect in July, which increase the penalties on various types of crimes. The most important provision is that which sentences a man to life imprisonment upon his fourth or subsequent conviction for a minor felony. This particular statute has been the subject of heated legal debate and was "finally upheld by the New York Supreme Court...

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