To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Melissa’s bill, the Massachusetts habitual offender law, was passed into law in August, 2012. This bill is aimed to guard the public’s safety against repeat violent offenders off the streets of our state.
In 1999, Melissa Gosule, for whom the bill is named, was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a repeat violent criminal offender who had been released on parole. In 2010 John Maguire, a veteran police officer in Woburn, Ma., was killed by a repeat offender who also happened to be released on parole after being sentenced to three life terms.
In the past few weeks two innocent lives, Amy Lord and Jennifer Martel, have been taken from their loved ones by repeat offenders. How many more innocent people have to be victimized? Will the next one be someone you know and love?
Citizens of Massachusetts, let law enforcement agencies in your community know about Melissa’s law. Write them. Call them. Let them know this law exists for our protection and safety. Let’s make this law work.