mandatory minimum sentences

Criminal Justice Bill Stalled
Criminal Justice Bill Stalled
BOSTON (AP) _ Massachusetts lawmakers are trying to hash out details of legislation intended to make major changes to the state's criminal justice system. Democratic leaders in the Senate have already floated a wide-ranging bill. Besides eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenses while increasing penalties for others, the proposal calls for a reduction in court fees charged to
Political Flip Flop
Political Flip Flop
Campaign season 2014. Then, candidate Charlie Baker wanted to banish mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. Fast forward to August 2017. Governor Baker does an about face. He files a bill making it manslaughter on people who sell illegal drugs resulting in death...
Sentencing Debate In Boston
Sentencing Debate In Boston
Proposals for ending mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders is sparking much debate in Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants was among those on Beacon Hill Tuesday calling for the elimination of what he called a ``one-size-fits-all'' approach to punishing drug crimes...