Title 12
Criminal Procedure

Chapter 19.3
Sentencing Standards

R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-19.3-2

§ 12-19.3-2. Adoption of presumptive sentences.

Each year the justices of the superior court shall by majority vote, and with the approval of the supreme court, adopt as a rule of court presumptive sentences to be imposed upon defendants who have been found guilty after a trial. The rule shall establish a presumptive sentence or sentencing range for each category of felony which constituted more than five percent (5%) of the criminal caseload in the superior court during the preceding year and for any additional categories of felonies that the justices deem appropriate. It shall also set forth the criteria for evaluation upon which the presumptive sentences are based. Prior to implementation, the rule shall be forwarded to the supreme court for its approval. A complete listing of the presumptive sentences so established shall be made public no less than thirty (30) days prior to implementation.

History of Section.
P.L. 1992, ch. 412, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 109, § 17.