I recently gave an informal, big picture talk on criminal justice reform.
In the end, our commission raised as many questions as it answered, but we did create a good record of what we learned and a new set of conversations that may help move us towards a correctional system that is more cost-effective and takes better care of the men and women in its custody.
I hope that we are able to adopt the Governor’s proposal to eliminate probation fees.
I have filed legislation to give judges more flexibility in sentencing murderers.
A recent Boston Globe Spotlight story highlighted the court system’s use of clerk magistrates to oversee show cause hearings, closed-door proceedings in which clerk magistrates determine whether to press forward with charges against an individual, raising concerns about transparency and equity in the judicial process.
As a result of the recent increase in the age of juvenile court jurisdiction at the lower end to 12 for purposes of adjudicating juvenile delinquency, Senator Brownsberger’s office has received a number of inquiries as to how the court system, a school system, or other entities might respond to problematic behaviors by a child under the age of 12.