#stopH4184 #maleg: Undermines the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision to grant youth offenders a chance at parole after 15 years in prison.

Dear Supporters of Justice

 
The Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary is reporting a bill (H.1426, redrafted) out to the House for a floor vote this Wednesday — Tomorrow June 18
 
The bill sets the earliest period of parole eligibility at 20 years for those convicted of felony murder, and 25 years in other cases.  
 
The bill also gives the Parole Board the unprecedented ability to impose a 10 year wait before an individual who is denied parole has the chance to go before the parole board again.  
 
We believe these provisions profoundly undermine the letter and spirit of the SJC’s decision, failing to recognize the unique capacity of youth to change and rehabilitate themselves, and allowing for excessively long time periods between parole hearings.
 
Please contact your state representative [follow link to determine your rep] TODAY to urge them to reject these extreme sentencing provisions for youth.  Let them know that you support these critical ingredients to fair sentencing for youth:

1.    No youth should have to wait longer than 15 years before having a first opportunity to go before the Parole Board.

2.     Incarcerated individuals should have the opportunity for a parole hearing every 5 years, not 10. 

TIME IS RUNNING SHORT, SO PLEASE CALL or EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATOR IMMEDIATELY.  Thank you.
 
A legislator pays attention when s/he receives five or more calls.

Susan Tordella

Legislative director
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“We just learned today that the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary is reporting a bill
(called now H.4184, redrafted from other bills) out to the House for a floor vote this Wednesday.
 
 
Unfortunately, the redrafted bill contains several provisions which significantly undermine the Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision
 granting individuals sentenced under Massachusetts unconstitutional former sentencing scheme a meaningful chance at parole after they had
 served at least 15 years in prison.
 
 
The bill sets the earliest period of parole eligibility at 20 years for those convicted of felony murder, and 25 years in other cases.
The bill also gives the Parole Board the unprecedented ability to impose a 10 year wait before an individual who is denied parole has the
 chance to go before the parole board again.  We believe these provisions profoundly undermine the letter and spirit of the SJC’s decision,
failing to recognize the unique capacity of youth to change and rehabilitate themselves, and allowing for excessively long time periods
 between parole hearings.
 
 
 
Please CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS <https://malegislature.gov/People/FindMyLegislator> TODAY to urge them to reject these extreme 
sentencing provisions for youth.  Let them know that you support these critical ingredients to fair sentencing for youth:
 
 
1.  No youth should have to wait longer than 15 years before having a first opportunity to go before the Parole Board.
 
 
 
2.  No youth should be made to wait longer than 5 years between parole hearings.
 
 
 
TIME IS RUNNING SHORT, SO PLEASE CALL or EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATORS IMMEDIATELY.
 
If you have a moment, please let us know how your calls go by emailing lindamalik@cfjj.org<mailto:lindamalik@cfjj.org>.
 
Thank you for supporting fair sentencing for youth!
 
Linda Malik
Fair Sentencing Campaign Coordinator
lindamalik@cfjj.org<mailto:lindamalik@cfjj.org>
 
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<https://malegislature.gov/People/FindMyLegislator>
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