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Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011
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Legislative News

MBA expresses concern over reduced rates of parole

The Massachusetts Bar Association joined forces last week with Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Committee for Public Counsel Services and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts over the Parole Board's sharp decrease in parole.

In a letter to Governor Deval L. Patrick, the groups cited Parole Board statistics as of July 2011 in which the parole rate for state prisoners dropped to 31 percent from 58 percent in 2010 and 66 percent in 2009. For county inmates the rate dropped to 46 percent from the 2010 rate of 64 percent and the 2009 rate of 68 percent. Patrick's efforts to increase parole eligibility for non-violent offenders is being frustrated by the actions of the Parole Board.

Click here to view the letter.


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