June 5, 2017
From The Boston Globe:
Most everyone agrees that this is the year to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system. But sharp divisions remain over how far the changes should go.
Governor Charlie Baker and top lawmakers have said they want to give prisoners more opportunities to earn early release by participating in and completing rehabilitative programs.
But activists argue that proposal fails to address many of the deeper problems in a criminal justice system that incarcerates a disproportionate number of people of color and drug offenders.
At a packed State House hearing on Monday, scores of activists urged lawmakers to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, expunge the records of youthful offenders, and raise the age at which offenders could be tried as juveniles to 21.
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