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Domestic Violence Advocates Want Tougher Laws

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

When Chad Lewis was released from jail on $150,000 bond just three hours after appearing in Jackson City Court, Thursday morning, advocates against domestic violence got worried.

They argue in cases like Lewis', bond needs to be much higher. They believe this latest case highlights the "loop hole."

The executive director at the Women's Resource and Rape Assistance Program, or W.R.A.P., said she understands judges have limited on setting bonds. But she thinks this is a good time to look at raising the dollar amounts for domestic abuse cases.

"There are so many crimes here that it just seems like when it's more than one crime the amounts should be higher," said Margaret Cole. "We should have stiffer laws than we have right now."

Cole plans to take her idea to the State Domestic Violence Council in hopes of change.
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