PODCAST: Attorney general finds 1,700 more unprosecuted felony cases

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha proposes changes to state drug possession laws. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s attorney general says he has discovered more felony cases that were not prosecuted by his predecessor.

As former Attorney General Peter Kilmartin finished his term in December, The Providence Journal reported that his office didn’t pursue about 1,300 cases and the statute of limitations had expired on most of them.

Current Attorney General Peter Neronha said Tuesday a review found about 1,700 more cases that weren’t pursued. He discussed the issue with WPRO’s Dan Yorke on Tuesday afternoon. LISTEN BELOW.

Kilmartin’s spokeswoman blamed police departments, saying they didn’t file investigative packages needed by prosecutors.

Listen to “Attorney General Peter Neronha joins Dan in the studio to discuss felony criminal case backlogs and how he plans on resolving the issue” on Spreaker.

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