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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2214        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2197


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Bradley H. Jones, Jr.


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to parole eligibility.






Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Richard Bastien

2nd Worcester

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Paul Adams

17th Essex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2214        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2197

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2197) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., and others relative to parole eligibility.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to parole eligibility.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Section 133A of chapter 127 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking in lines 1 through 8, inclusive, the first sentence and inserting in place thereof, the following:

              Every prisoner who is serving a life sentence in a correctional institution of the commonwealth, except (1) prisoners confined to the hospital at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Bridgewater, (2) prisoners serving a life sentence for murder in the first degree, (3) prisoners serving more than one life sentence, either to be served consecutively or concurrently, and (4) prisoners sentenced to a second or subsequent life sentence; shall be eligible for parole, and the parole board shall, within 60 days before the expiration of 25 years of such sentence, conduct a public hearing before the full membership unless a member of the board is determined to be unavailable as provided in this section.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 279 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking section 24 in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following section:

              Section 24. If a convict is sentenced to the state prison, as an habitual criminal, the court shall not fix the term of imprisonment, but shall fix a maximum and a minimum term for which he may be imprisoned. The maximum term shall not be longer than the longest term fixed by law for the punishment of the crime of which he has be convicted, and the minimum term shall be a term set by the court, except that, where an alternative sentence to a house of correction is permitted for the offense, a minimum state prison term may not be less than one year.  In the case of a life sentence, the minimum term set by the court shall not be less than 25 years.

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