At the State House on Governor Baker's Council of State Governments (CSG) bill filed after a year long study. While it contains some good reforms, it is very limited and does NOT include anything on Mandatory Minimums on drug convictions, Felony Theft Threshold, Fines and Fees, CORI Reform, or Juvenile Misdemeanor Expungement. The hearing will be proceeded by a rally to show support for those reforms it does not include.
- Ending long automatic Mandatory Minimum Sentences on drug convictions and returning sentencing to judges to decide on the facts and circumstances of each case - 87% of MA registered voters who were surveyed in a poll supported this
- CORI Reform to enable ex-prisoners to get jobs by reducing the access employers have to CORI's to 7 years on a felony and 3 years on a misdemeanor - supported by 62%
- Raising the threshold for what is a felony for theft from $250 up to $1500 -MA is currently the third lowest in the USA at $250. Raising this still means such theft can be punished by jail time and fines, but not as severe as when you are convicted for a felony. - supported by 60%
- Ending punitive fines and fees on ex-prisoners like the $65 a month fee that those on probation must pay - supported by 50%