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HOUSE PASSES BILL GIVING INMATES EARLY RELEASE OPTIONS [+VIDEO]

By Michael P. Norton and Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 13, 2017......The Massachusetts House unanimously approved legislation Monday that would allow inmates in state jails and prisons to shorten their time behind bars by participating in rehabilitation programming, a major policy shift intended to reduce recidivism.

The bill (H 4012), filed in February by Gov. Charlie Baker at a joint appearance with legislative leaders, came after they partnered with the Council of State Governments (CSG) to conduct a review of the justice system. It passed the House 151-0 with no debate.

The vote kicked off what is expected to be two days of House debate over broader criminal justice reform legislation (H 4011).


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