Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences: One Year After the Governor's Crime Bill
Group: Massachusetts Department of Correction
On August 2, 2012, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law new legislation: Chapter 192 of the Acts of 2012 (“Chapter 192”), colloquially known as the Governor’s Crime Bill. The central aim of this legislation was to reduce the number of non-violent drug offenders incarcerated by reducing the lengthy mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders while concurrently implementing more punitive sentencing practices for habitual high-risk violent offenders.
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