Criminal Justice

Amherst church is now his home

Amherst church is now his home

Immigrants seek sanctuary in churches to avoid deportation

ON THE VERGE of being deported last summer, Lucio Perez took sanctuary in the First Congregational Church in Amherst. He hasn’t left since. Perez is one of three people in Massachusetts and 20 nationwide who have sought sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported. First Church is one of roughly 1,100 churches across the country(...)

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State follows voters’ lead on criminal justice

State follows voters’ lead on criminal justice

Polling suggests voters largely agree with broader approach

The Senate and House sent a sweeping criminal justice reform bill to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk this week. The Governor has not said how he will proceed. Details matter, and there are a lot of them to parse, but the overall thrust of the bill is very much in keeping with what voters have said(...)

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Major justice reform bill clears Legislature

Major justice reform bill clears Legislature

Signals shift in focus from punishment toward rehabilitation and substance use treatment

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH ONLY A WHIFF of opposition, the Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday passed a broad package of criminal justice system reforms that have languished for years, signaling a likely shift in focus away from punishment and toward rehabilitation and substance use treatment in an effort to reduce recidivism. The legislation (S 2371), which(...)

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With criminal justice bill passed, what about services for ex-inmates?

With criminal justice bill passed, what about services for ex-inmates?

While state leaders talked about reducing recidivism, reentry programs to do that were being cut

LAWMAKERS PASSED A long-awaited, comprehensive criminal justice reform bill on Wednesday. But to fully realize its widely touted goal of reducing recidivism they will need to back some of the statutory changes and reform rhetoric with tangible resources. That was the message at a Boston City Council hearing on inmate reentry convened on Tuesday night(...)

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Could Boncore become sleeper in crowded DA race?

Could Boncore become sleeper in crowded DA race?

A fractured primary vote could be just the thing for Winthrop pol

THE OPEN RACE for Suffolk County district attorney is attracting a crowd, with five Democrats already in the hunt and several others still mulling a run for the post, which veteran prosecutor Dan Conley is giving up after 16 years in office. The newest name to surface: state Sen. Joe Boncore, who said yesterday that(...)

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Hefner indicted on felony charges

Hefner indicted on felony charges

Conley: Inappropriate, criminal behavior by Rosenberg's husband

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A GRAND JURY on Thursday indicted Bryon Hefner, the husband of former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, on felony charges connected with five sexual assaults, criminal lewdness, and the distribution of nude photos without consent. Hefner, 30, faces five counts of indecent assault and battery, one count of open and gross lewdness(...)

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Compromise criminal justice bill unveiled

Compromise criminal justice bill unveiled

Backers say measure will reduce recidivism, prison population

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A HANDFUL OF MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES for drug offenses would be repealed and the state’s approach to juvenile offenders overhauled in a sweeping criminal justice bill released Friday by House and Senate lawmakers. The completion of the compromise bill marks the end to months of private negotiations in the Legislature over(...)

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State Police cite overtime discrepancies

State Police cite overtime discrepancies

Col. Gilpin schedules 19 hearings, refers audit results to attorney general

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A REVIEW INITIALLY LAUNCHED to look at overtime payments made to a handful of State Police members has uncovered possibly more malfeasance, as audit results have been turned over to the attorney general and 19 members of the force are facing hearings to address discrepancies between patrols they said they worked(...)

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Another entry in Suffolk DA’s race

Another entry in Suffolk DA’s race

Rachael Rollins, former federal prosecutor and Patrick administration official, jumps in

THE RACE FOR Suffolk County district attorney is getting more crowded. Rachael Rollins, an attorney with a broad resume ranging from work as a federal prosecutor to general counsel to Massport and both the MBTA and the state transportation department, said she will seek the Democratic nomination for the post. Veteran Suffolk DA Dan Conley announced(...)

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Berkshire DA says exit aimed at helping top aide win post

Berkshire DA says exit aimed at helping top aide win post

Move short-circuits chance for open race for seat

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless are coming under fire for setting up a behind-the-scenes hand-off of the DA’s post to the office’s first assistant. On Thursday, Capeless made the surprise announcement that he was stepping down after 14 years in office. But he made an even more surprising admission about(...)

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