Jul. 30, 2010
House and Senate negotiators reached a deal late Thursday on legislation restricting the public life of criminal offense records and striking most of the Senate’s efforts to provide reduced sentences for non-violent offenders, according to sources familiar with the compromise.
The Senate backed off its push to make non-violent state prison convicts eligible for parole after serving two-thirds of their sentences, while the House relented in allowing non-violent house of correction inmates parole after two-thirds of their sentences, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Read more
Activists are planning on another run next year at overhauling the state's criminal offender record information system.
Saying the records are sometimes inaccurate, hard-to-read and burdensome for individuals with minor criminal records who are seeking jobs, activists will re-launch their efforts after failing again earlier this year to help individuals remove what they call a "scarlet letter" from their record. Read more