Punishment for Crimes Against Minors Increased
(IsraelNN.com) The Knesset voted in favor of a bill that would stiffen the punishment for people who attack children, babies and other victims who are defined as helpless. The bill passed in a preliminary hearing and will have to be voted upon twice more to become law.
The new law would add a year to the maximum prison sentences for the different degrees of assault on minors: three years instead of two for assault, four years instead of three for an assault which causes injury, and eight years instead of seven for an attack causing severe injury, if the minor was not in the charge of the attacker (stiffer punishments are meted if the minor was under the attacker's authority).
The law would also mandate that at least part of the sentence be served in actual jail time, unless special circumstances exist.