District Attorneys Raise Objections To Criminal Justice Reform Bill, Senator Responds

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Just days before the state Senate takes up a massive criminal justice reform bill, several Massachusetts prosecutors are rallying against the measure.

Nine of the state's 11 district attorneys have signed a six-page letter saying the bill "undermines the cause and pursuit of fair and equal justice for all."

The letter — addressed to Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair William Brownsberger — mentions some of the provisions in the bill the DAs take issue with, including eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug crimes.

The two district attorneys who did not sign the letter are Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, who is president of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association.


Senator William Brownsberger, Senate Judiciary Committee chair and sponsor of S.2185, "An Act Relative To Criminal Justice Reform." He tweets @wbrownsberger.

Dan Conley, Suffolk County district attorney. He tweets @dadanconley.

This segment aired on October 24, 2017.



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