Relatives of those killed in crimes are praising a new law passed by the Legislature this year. The law requires people convicted of violent crimes to serve at least 75% of their sentence.
The law, which took effect this month, means some relatives can avoid years of parole hearings. Such hearings can be painful for families because they're forced to continually face the people who killed their loved ones.
The law doesn't apply to people behind bars before it was signed June 4th. It's being called Lynn's Law after Patricia Lynn Cannata, a 20-year-old pregnant woman who was killed by her boyfriend. He's expected to be released next year, after serving ten years of a 24 year sentence.