Under the bill, an inmate would have to serve an additional two years for each violent conviction while incarcerated.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania House voted to pass a bill that makes it tougher for the state parole board to release violent offenders.

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(Photo Credit: Family of Mark Mason)

“Markie’s Law” is named for 8-year-old Mark “Markie” Mason, who was stabbed to death in Lawrence County two years ago.

The suspect, Keith Burley, had been released from prison a few months earlier after serving a minimum sentence for homicide. He was released even though he was convicted of stabbing a fellow inmate while locked up.

Rep. Aaron Bernstine drafted the bill in Mason’s honor, wanting to keep violent offenders behind bars longer if they are convicted of a violent crime while in jail.

Under Bernstine’s bill, an inmate would have to serve an additional two years for each violent conviction while incarcerated.

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The bill now moves to the Pennsylvania Senate.