Guam Legislature Passes ‘Three-Strikes’ Criminal Bill

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Bill amended to address deportation of COFA citizens

By Louella Losinio

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, June 25, 2013) – Bill 107, or the "three strikes" bill which enhances criminal penalties for habitual offenders, was passed unanimously by Guam’s Legislature during yesterday’s session.

The measure, introduced by Sen. Brant McCreadie, was amended on the floor to add a section under the terms of the Compacts of Free Association, or COFA. The amendment requires the Attorney General of Guam to immediately notify the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wishes to have the convicted COFA citizen deported. This directive will then assist the federal agency in beginning the process of deportation.

The bill was also amended to add an additional strike and a stipulation that if the court declares the defendant has a mental health illness, then the provisions of the enhanced punishment contained in the bill would not apply.

McCreadie said: "It is unfortunate that this legislation is needed on our island, but the safety of the community is of utmost importance to me and my colleagues."

He added: "I would also like to thank my colleagues who voted unanimously for the passage of this legislation. As we wait for the governor’s action on the bill, we will continue to work for a safer Guam."

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