Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 211E, section 2, the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission is directed to recommend sentencing policies and practices for the Commonwealth. In order to help the Commission formulate recommendations for sentencing policies and practices, the Commission requests written comments and/or public testimony at a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, October 19 at 9:00 A.M. at the State House, Great Hall, 2nd Floor, about the issues the Commission has been considering. Written comments will be accepted until November 1, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. as supplement to, or in lieu of, oral testimony presented before commission members. Written commentary can be submitted at the hearing, mailed to the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission, or submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among the topics related to the Massachusetts sentencing guidelines and statutory revisions under discussion are the following. No decisions have been made but the Commission is seeking comments on all that follows and any other concerns the public may have.
1) a series of “gap” and “decay” provisions;
5) probation violations; and
7) a safety valve provision example, in conjunction with
8) a presumptive supervised release provision example;
10) amending section 3 of Chapter 279, to allow judges more flexibility in sentencing a probationer when surrendered, found here.