Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Senators Tarr, Baddour Issue Joint Statement on Release of Senate Parole Reform Bill

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) and Senate Ways and Means Assistant Vice Chairman Steven A. Baddour (D-Methuen) issued the following statement on the release of the Senate’s parole reform bill:

“Ten months after we first introduced legislation calling for comprehensive parole reform, we are pleased to see that the Senate is now ready to act on this important issue. It has been a time-consuming and deliberative process to get us to this point, but now that we have a bill before us, we must ensure that those individuals who receive multiple life sentences or commit three violent offenses are not eligible for parole. The residents of Massachusetts – and especially the families of those who have been victimized by habitual offenders – deserve a parole system that is accountable and emphasizes public safety, and that is what we plan to deliver to them.”