DeLEO: LAWMAKERS MAY TAKE UP JUSTICE REFORM IN TWO BITES [+VIDEO]
By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 11, 2017...While a consensus bill has not emerged eight months into the session, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday he wants to see a criminal justice reform package pass both branches of the Legislature by the end of the year, including both widely agreed-upon proposals aimed at lowering recidivism as well as unspecified other measures.
Legislative leaders have been pointing to criminal justice as a main focal point for the fall, but the precise timeline and the scope of potential reforms remain up in the air. Hundreds of bills are before the Judiciary Committee, including one that would implement recommendations from an outside review of the state's justice system.
Legislation (H 74) filed by Gov. Charlie Baker and based on a report by the Council on State Governments would give certain offenders serving mandatory minimum sentences the opportunity to reduce their time in state prison by participating in programming, among other provisions.
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