FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/08/2013
Statement by Representative Four Price on Abuse Prevention Bill, HB 220
Representative Four Price's House Bill 220 – a measure aimed at lengthening prison sentences for perpetrators convicted of repeated physical abuse or injury against a child, an elderly individual, or a disabled person – has been scheduled for a public hearing at the Capitol. The bill will be heard by the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence on Tuesday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of the House.
In his desire to bring awareness to this important anti-abuse bill, Representative Four Price issued the following statement:
“HB 220 was the first bill I introduced this session because I believe there is an urgent need to address and strengthen the state's ability to hold accountable those who prey on the most vulnerable in our society. House Bill 220 would give judges the ability to stack the sentences of criminals convicted of repeated physical abuse or injury against a child, an elderly individual, or a disabled person.
The need for this bill became overwhelmingly clear when I learned about a tragedy where three children, ages three to four, were severely abused, bitten, beaten, malnourished and suffering from multiple broken bones. Their father was convicted of 14 first degree counts of injury to a child and sentenced to 14 life sentences. Because the judge did not have the option of stacking each sentence, which therefore ran concurrently, the offender will be eligible for parole too soon. This is not right.
I want to do everything in my power to keep our families safe and protect Texas children, the elderly and the disabled from violent offenders."