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FAMM Applauds Massachusetts Legislature for Sentencing Reforms
Date:8/1/2010

rent legislation as an excellent first step in the right direction.  We look forward to working with the Legislature to expand these reforms in the coming years."

The bill will allow drug offenders in county Houses of Correction to be eligible for parole after they serve one-half of their sentence (the same as other county prisoners who are eligible for parole), unless one or more "aggravating factors" apply: they used violence or guns when committing the drug offense, they directed the drug activities of others, or they sold drugs to minors or used minors in drug transactions. The bill applies to those who are currently incarcerated, as well as to those sentenced in the future.

Massachusetts will join at least 15 other states that have rewritten their mandatory drug sentencing laws in recent years to better address public safety issues and to reduce skyrocketing prison costs.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and proportionate sentencing laws. For more information, visit www.famm.org.

Contact: Monica Pratt Raffanel, media@famm.org


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