Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010
MBA-backed sentencing legislation clears the legislature; Governor expected to sign tomorrow
In the waning hours of the legislative session last week, the
House and Senate passed a sentencing bill that reforms mandatory
minimum sentences for offenders who are serving at county Houses of
Correction. The bill grants parole eligibility to be considered for
parole after serving half of their sentence.
The bill also includes reform to Criminal Offender Record
Information (CORI) laws. The legislation grants increased access
and improved accuracy to CORI reports. Gov. Deval L. Patrick is
expected to sign the bill tomorrow.
The MBA has been a long standing proponent of both mandatory
minimum sentence and CORI reform.
here to view the sentencing bill.