Addressing inmate addiction must be a priority
CommonWealth Magazine - 11/10/2017
The criminal justice reforms recently passed by the Massachusetts Senate and released by the House Committee on Ways and Means provide sensible reform to failed criminal justice approaches, including doing away with some mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug offenses. These reforms are both pragmatic and just. By shifting the focus away from laws and prosecutorial strategies that have not produced results, the Commonwealth has an opportunity to return critical discretion to its judges and encourage local innovation. Conversely, the possible inclusion of new mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking resulting in overdose deaths cuts at complete cross-purposes to the intent of this legislation.