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Mass. Senate Passes 3-Strikes Legislation 05:29

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The Massachusetts Senate overwhelmingly passed an overhaul to sentencing laws this afternoon, following on a similar vote from the House last night. The most controversial provision of the bill would bar parole for three-time violent offenders - a so called "three-strikes" provision.

Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick) is a member of the conference committee that worked on the compromise legislation, which includes reductions in mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes.

Linsky said he believes the "three-strikes" provision will only apply to five to ten criminals a year.

"This bill responds to the worst of the worst criminals in Massachusetts," Linsky said.


  • Rep. David Linsky D-Natick


This segment aired on July 19, 2012.

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