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The D.C. Council should reevaluate its criminal legislation

Bill reduces punishments for violent crimes such as carjackings, home invasion burglaries, robberies and even homicides. Measure would also scale back penalties for convicted felons illegally carrying firearms. U.S. Attorney for D.C. has warned that language in 450-page omnibus will make it harder to charge repeat offenders.

Mayor says she agrees with 95 percent of the bill, but thinks it overstresses courts. The chief judges and the mayor argue that resource constraints are beyond their control.