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Beacon Hill debates criminal justice reform

Mandatory minimums for some drug crimes could be tossed

November 14, 2017 - 6:48 am

Beacon Hill is expected to tackle criminal justice reform Tuesday. The House is expected on its version of a bill that addresses reform.

The House agrees with the Senate to expunge records for juveniles when the action is no longer a crime under state law. The Boston Globe reports this was prompted by the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. The House also wants to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for some drug crimes, similar to the Senate version.

The House version does not include two controversial provisions passed by the Senate. The first, allowing 19 years old to be handled through the juvenile court system. The second, legalizing sex between teens close in age.

The House bill is expected to pass, and then would be reconciled with the Senate version before a final negotiation before heading to the Governor’s desk.

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