Patrick Rejects Crime Bill, Sends Back Amended Version

July 28, 2012 12:00 AM
Patrick Rejects Crime Bill, Sends Back Amended Version
" BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick said Saturday that he will send a crime bill back to the Legislature with an amendment that would allow parole in some cases for repeat violent criminals convicted under the legislation’s so-called three strikes provision.

The bill that lawmakers approved this month would bar parole for career criminals after a third violent crime.

But Patrick wants to give state judges limited discretion to allow such criminals to be eligible for parole after serving two-thirds of the maximum prison sentence, or after serving 25 years of a life sentence. A judge would be able to grant parole to third-strike offenders only after determining it is in the “interest of justice and upon a finding … of substantial and compelling reasons.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mark Katic reports

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Patrick said his proposal was included in earlier versions of the crime bill, and he noted that state officials could appeal any parole granted under the amendment.

“This change will ensure that the expansion of mandatory sentencing — which I fully support — does not have unjust consequences,” Patrick said in a letter to lawmakers "

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