House and Senate Approve Sentencing Reform Bill

Thursday, July 26, 2012

On June 12th the Massachusetts Senate passed the long-awaited criminal justice reform legislation that was approved by the House of Representatives on June 11.

The conference committee’s bill,  which was released from a conference committee on Tuesday, eliminates parole for certain categories of habitual offenders and includes some reforms for mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes.  The bill also reduces the area of school zones from 1,000 to 300 feet.   The BBA supports the abolition of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses and will continue to advocate for more meaningful and sensible changes in this area during the next legislative session.   

The legislation is expected to make its way to Governor Patrick’s desk today for his review.