Criminal Justice

House criminal justice bill seen taking up broad reform

House criminal justice bill seen taking up broad reform

Rushing says bill likely to tackle many areas of the system

A KEY HOUSE LEADER signaled that his chamber is likely to respond to a sweeping Senate criminal justice bill with legislation that tackles many of the issues in the Senate measure that reform advocates have been pushing. Advocates for criminal justice reform have been pressing House officials to follow the Senate’s lead, and Assistant House(...)

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Baker balks at parts of Senate criminal justice bill

Baker balks at parts of Senate criminal justice bill

Provisions 'seem to not make a heck of a lot of sense'

STATE HOUSE NEWS MAJOR PROVISIONS of the criminal justice bill passed late last week by the Senate “just seem to not make a heck of a lot of sense,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday, panning the bill for easing sentences for some drug dealers and neglecting other aspects of the justice system. The Senate passed(...)

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Criminal justice bill can be game changer for young adults

Criminal justice bill can be game changer for young adults

We can reduce recidivism and costs while improving public safety

THE COMMONWEALTH’S criminal justice reform efforts offer a unique opportunity to achieve a triple impact: improve public safety, reduce public spending on crime prevention, and redefine futures for our highest-risk young adults. In Massachusetts, young adults ages 18-24 represent the largest percentage of individuals incarcerated. They also represent the highest rates of recidivism: 51 percent(...)

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Top Baker aide offers sex offender fixes

Top Baker aide offers sex offender fixes

Public safety chief says board did not 'lose' 1,769 offenders

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN RESPONSE TO A CRITICAL AUDIT, the state’s top public safety official on Tuesday outlined changes that could be made at the agency tasked with monitoring sex offenders, including the fingerprinting of Level 1 offenders. Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett testified at an oversight hearing called after a state(...)

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Anti-violence funds jeopardized by House-Senate flap

Anti-violence funds jeopardized by House-Senate flap

Senate balks at funding program in supplemental budget

THE SENATE IS taking the lead on Beacon Hill on criminal justice reform, but the chamber seems to have lost its way on a key initiative to help gang members go straight and stay out of prison. The Senate and House both passed budget measures last week intended to close the books on spending for(...)

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Brownsberger’s big tent

Brownsberger’s big tent

Senator woos supporters and skeptics at rally for criminal justice bill

IF POLITICS IS a game of addition, put Sen. Will Brownsberger down in the plus column. The lead sponsor of a sweeping criminal justice reform bill convened a marathon rally on behalf of the legislation at the State House that started on Thursday morning and ended in the afternoon. No fewer than 29 speakers took(...)

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Inequality, criminal justice reform are linked

Inequality, criminal justice reform are linked

Incarceration approach is hollowing out the middle class

FOR ALL THE TALK about inequality these days, it’s rare to see policy proposals that could actually make a difference. Politicians of all persuasions rail against the disappearing middle class, and then do very little to find common ground on viable solutions to the problem. The criminal justice reform legislation introduced in the Senate last(...)

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Trading gangs and guns for a future

Trading gangs and guns for a future

Can we get young men to give up the dead-end life of the streets?

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK OSTOW HAKEEM JACKSON DOESN’T mince words. “Just a couple of years ago I was shooting at people,” he says. A wiry 20-year-old with an affable bearing, Jackson is sitting at the Boston offices of Roca Inc., a nonprofit that works with young people who have been in and out of jail and(...)

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Middlesex DA Ryan backs mandatory minimum repeal 

Middlesex DA Ryan backs mandatory minimum repeal 

Joins Suffolk’s Conley in supporting parts of Senate bill

MIDDLESEX DISTRICT ATTORNEY Marian Ryan said she supports many pieces of the Senate criminal justice bill unveiled last week, including the repeal of some mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. “I support elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent, low-level drug offenses that do not include distribution of opioids or distribution to minors,” Ryan(...)

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Middlesex DA Ryan supports repeal of some mandatory minimum drug sentences

Here is the statement released by Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan on October 5, 2017, on the Senate criminal justice reform legislation: “As a prosecutor for more than thirty years I am a firm believer in progressive, thoughtful legislative reform. Our criminal laws should not be solely punitive, but also serve to rehabilitate while(...)

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