Proposed Legislation!
“An Act to Reduce Mass Incarceration”
Introduced by:
Rep. Liz Miranda, 5th Suffolk
and
Rep. Jay D. Livingstone, 8th Suffolk

Co-sponsored by:

Christine P. Barber, 34th Middlesex
Mindy Domb, 3rd Hampshire
Patricia A. Duffy, 5th Hampden
Nika ELugardo, 15th Suffolk
Dylan A. Fernandes, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket
Carlos González, 10th Hampden
Tami Gouveia, 14th Middlesex
James K. Hawkins, 2nd Bristol
Patricia D. Jehlen, Sen., Second Middlesex
Kay Khan, 11th Middlesex
Jay Patrick Lewis, 7th Middlesex
Elizabeth A. Malia, 11th Suffolk
Steven C. Owens, 29th Middlesex
Rebecca L. Rausch, Sen., Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex
Lindsay N. Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire
Chynah Tyler, 7th Suffolk
Erika Uyterhoeven, 27th Middlesex

This proposed legislation would change the Massachusetts General Laws in order to:
  • Abolish all life without parole sentences for first degree murder convictions, mandating parole hearings for all starting at 25 years.
  • Abolish life sentences for habitual offenders as mandated by 2012's “Three Strikes” law. (see page 36, Habitual Offenders)  For opinions of the “Three Strikes” legislation, go to this article.
  • Abolish virtual life sentences for individuals convicted of several offenses, each offense with a distinct sentence to run consecutively, the cumulative impact resulting in excess of 25 years.
  • Modify all sentences currently being served to provide for parole hearings beginning at 25 years.
  • Require the Department of Correction to institute restorative justice programming at all institutions which house persons serving sentences in excess of 25 years (This added for the 2021 session).

          

          

SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION IN 2019-2020 SESSION

REPRESENTATIVES:

Ruth B. Balser, 12th Middlesex
Christine P. Barber, 34th Middlesex
Mike Connolly, 26th Middlesex
Daniel R. Cullinane, 12th Suffolk
Marjorie C. Decker, 25th Middlesex
Marcos A. Devers, 16th Essex
Mindy Domb, 3rd Hampshire
Nika C. Elugardo, 15th Suffolk
Cindy F. Friedman, 4th Middlesex       Carlos González, 10th Hampden
James K. Hawkins, 2nd Bristol
Jonathan Hecht, 29th Middlesex (ret.)
Natalie M. Higgins, 4th Worcester
Russell E. Holmes, 6th Suffolk
Daniel J. Hunt, 13th Suffolk
Mary S. Keefe, 15th Worcester
Kay Khan, 11th Middlesex
Jack Patrick Lewis, 7th Middlesex
Jay D. Livingstone,  8th Suffolk          Adrian C. Madaro, 1st Suffolk
Elizabeth A. Malia, 11th Suffolk
Liz Miranda, 5th Suffolk
Tram T. Nguyen, 18th Essex
Denise Provost, 27th Middlesex (ret.)
David M. Rogers, 24th Middlesex
Lindsay N. Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire
Jon Santiago, 9th Suffolk                       Tami L. Gouveia, 14th Middlesex
Bud L. Williams, 11th Hampden

SENATORS:

Joe Boncore, 1st Suffolk and Middlesex Joanne M. Comerford, Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester
Cynthia Stone Creem, 1st Middlesex & Norfolk
Patricia D. Jehlen, 2nd Middlesex
Sal N. DiDomenico, Middlesex & Suffolk James B. Eldridge, Middlesex & Worcester
Rebecca L. Rausch, Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex

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Other legislators have introduced bills to modify life sentences, but none of them abolishes the "Life Without Parole" sentence option.
 


 
Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, www.cjpc.org