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Police officials express disappointment over case handling

December 31, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police officials in Rhode Island are looking into what caused about 1,300 felony cases to go unprosecuted.

The Providence Police Department provided a sampling of felony cases that law enforcement officials recently learned had never been prosecuted. The Providence Journal reports this was in response to a recent newspaper report from detailing how about 1,300 felony cases in Providence County between 2005 and 2015 were not prosecuted for an array of reasons.

The Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association says it was disappointed and called for a comprehensive review.

Attorney General-elect Peter Neronha said through a spokesman that he will review the case intake process after taking office.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s spokeswoman Amy Kempe says more than 900 of the cases involved incomplete investigative packages.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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