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Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010
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MBA-backed sentencing legislation clears the legislature; Governor expected to sign tomorrow

In the waning hours of the legislative session last week, the House and Senate passed a sentencing bill that reforms mandatory minimum sentences for offenders who are serving at county Houses of Correction. The bill grants parole eligibility to be considered for parole after serving half of their sentence.

The bill also includes reform to Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) laws. The legislation grants increased access and improved accuracy to CORI reports. Gov. Deval L. Patrick is expected to sign the bill tomorrow.

The MBA has been a long standing proponent of both mandatory minimum sentence and CORI reform.

Click here to view the sentencing bill.

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