For Immediate Release - June 11, 2014

Statement of Attorney General Martha Coakley on SJC Decision Calling Lifetime Parole for Sex Offenders Unconstitutional

Today, in response to the Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling that lifetime parole for sex offenders is unconstitutional, ending the Parole Board’s oversight, Attorney General Martha Coakley said:

“Post-incarceration supervision of high risk sex offenders is a critical tool to protect the public, particularly our children.  We are committed to acting quickly to update our laws to maintain this important protection, using the roadmap the SJC laid out in its decision."

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