Mass. Gov. weighs options on '3 strikes' measure

Wednesday July 25, 2012

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick is weighing his options as he considers what to do with a sentencing overhaul sent to him by lawmakers last week.

The bill aims to crack down on habitual offenders by barring parole after a third violent crime. The measure also reduces some mandatory minimum sentences imposed on non-violent drug offenders.

Patrick described the bill on Tuesday as good, but not great. But he told reporters he has not decided whether to sign the measure, veto it, or send it back to lawmakers with amendments.

The legislative session ends next Tuesday.

The governor said he'd prefer the so-called "three strikes" provision include flexibility for judges to allow parole for three-time felons in limited cases. He's also seeking a commitment from lawmakers for further sentencing reform next year.


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