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Title: Estimate of the Impact of the Uniform Sentencing and Correction Act on the Massachusetts Correctional System
Author(s): F J Carney; L K Holt
Corporate Author: Massachusetts Dept of Correction
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 58
Sponsoring Agency: Massachusetts Dept of Correction
Milford, MA 01757 -369
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Language: English
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Annotation: The correctional population in Massachusetts would probably increase under the presumptive sentencing proposed in the Uniform Sentencing and Correction Act filed by the Governor in March 1984.
Abstract: However, the increase would occur at a time when the inmate population would probably decline under existing laws. Thus, with proper planning the expected increase could be accommodated without exacerbating prison overcrowding. In fact, with a proper plan and resources, the overcrowding problem could be resolved by the end of the decade. The law is intended to promote greater uniformity in sentencing. The bill provides for recodification of offenses against the person and establishes a classification of crimes, with a presumptive sentencing range for each class of crimes. The bill also creates a system of contract classification and programming within the Department of Correction to promote an offender's participation in rehabilitation programs and to make movement through the correctional system more predictable. Parole would be retained, but the authority of the parole board to release offenders against the person would be limited. Twenty data tables are attached.
Index Term(s): Massachusetts; Probation or parole decisionmaking; Sentencing reform; State laws
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