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  NCJ Number: NCJ 037283     Find in a Library
  Title: And Nobody Can Get You Out: The Impact of a Mandatory Prison Sentence for the Illegal Carrying of a Firearm on the Use of Firearms and on the Administration of Criminal Justice in Boston
  Author(s): J A Beha
  Project Director: J A BEHA
  Corporate Author: Harvard University
Law School
United States of America
  Date Published: 1976
  Page Count: 251
  Annotation: THE MASSACHUSETTS BARTLEY-FOX AMENDMENT PROVIDES FOR A MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCE OF ONE YEAR IN PRISON WITHOUT SUSPENSION, PAROLE, OR FURLOUGH FOR THE CARRYING OF FIREARMS WITHOUT THE APPROPRIATE PERMIT.
  Abstract: THE FOLLOWING SETS OF INFORMATION WERE COLLECTED: 1975 STATISTICS ON THE LAW'S IMPACT ON THE ILLEGAL CARRYING OR POSSESSION OF FIREARMS; BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT MONTHLY VIOLENT CRIME INCIDENT REPORTS COVERING THREE YEARS BEFORE AND ONE YEAR AFTER THE LAW'S EFFECTIVE DATE OF APRIL 1, 1975; AND DATA ON PROSECUTIONS FOR FIREARM CRIME THAT ENTERED THE BOSTON LOWER COURT SYSTEM DURING APRIL THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 1975. FINDINGS REVEALED THAT MOST OF THE DIRE PREDICTIONS ABOUT POLICE, PROSECUTORIAL, AND JUDICIAL EVASION OF THE LAW WERE NOT PROVEN ACCURATE, THAT THE MANDATORY MINIMUM DID NOT ADD TO THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THOSE ACCUSED OF HOMICIDE OR ARMED ROBBERY WOULD RECEIVE PRISON SENTENCES, AND THAT FIREARM CHARGES COULD ONLY BE USED IN ABOUT ONE FOURTH OF ALL PROSECUTIONS FOR VIOLENT CRIMES ALLEGEDLY INVOLVING FIREARMS. NEVERTHELESS LOWER COURT JUDGES DID APPEAR TO BE APPLYING THE MANDATED PENALTY. A RADICAL INCREASE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW REQUIRING FIREARMS PERMITS AND LICENSE WAS NOTICED, AND CRIME STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR AFTER THE LAW TOOK EFFECT SHOWED A REDUCTION IN THE USE OF FIREARMS IN ASSAULTS.
  Index Term(s): Firearms acts ; Gun Control ; Illicit firearms ; State laws ; Mandatory Sentencing ; Massachusetts
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
   
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