Legislative Alerts

Legislative News and Updates - May 24, 2017

Two of our 2017 bills were retained for in-depth study

Two of our eight bills in the current session still have a chance to become law. Six others have died. Those are actually pretty good results for a legislative session. Thanks to our House Bill 544, lawmakers will closely scrutinize the prison earned time program this fall to see if the state should give more prisoners a chance to reduce their sentences by up to 21 months. 

Fight for the innocent mentally ill in prison

This is a terrible secret. The men’s prison in Concord houses a small number of mentally ill patients who have never been convicted of a crime. They are deemed too dangerous to live at the State Hospital, where they might hurt other patients. This difficult group does not belong at the prison either.

Please support two superb crime bills on January 11

House Criminal Justice Committee, Room 204, Legislative Office Building
2 p.m.   HB 143 lets parolees get busted to prison for a short stay.
 
The intent of this bill may sound like a bad thing, but it isn’t. We should support HB 143 to simplify the return to prison of someone who is goofing up on parole and headed for trouble. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. John Sytek of Salem, husband of Donna Sytek, the Parole Board chairwoman. Donna Sytek is the former House speaker.

CCJR Legislative alert for 1/6/17

Dear Members, We have reached the start of the 2017 session. Over the last few months, our Legislative Policy Committee has worked on a full slate of bills. We have decided to take a position on a number of them. The first hearings have been scheduled for Wednesday 1/11

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