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By Katie Lannan and Michael P. Norton

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 13, 2017....On the heels of a major effort in the Senate, the Massachusetts House will kick off what's expected to be two days of deliberations on criminal justice Monday with a pair of bills teed up for consideration.

In addition to addressing racial disparities, lawmakers this year are making a serious run at tackling the state's overall incarceration levels and curbing the state's recidivism rate, in part through supports such as treatment for addiction.

One bill -- originally filed by Gov. Charlie Baker to implement recommendations of a Council of State Governments review -- received initial approval last Wednesday. The bill (H 4012) would give certain offenders serving mandatory minimum sentences the opportunity to reduce their time in state prison by participating in programming.

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