This is an issue of crime and how much crime that the State House is willing to put up with. If the bill is not drafted in a way that would send nonviolent offenders to prison for life then I feel that it should be passed.
We need to take a stance against crime in our communities. We have activists asking for serious penalties for crimes and asking for safer neighborhoods. How can we have safer neighborhoods if we are begging for loopholes so that these criminals can walk the streets again?
Perhaps if that law was in effect a criminal might think twice before committing felonies because the sentence would not be a few years, it would be life.
Our communities had an outcry when parolees committed murders and we asked that our governor respond. He did respond. He created a special committee that would carefully examine each case for parole. Only 11 people (according to my memory) were released on parole this year, which was reduced by at least 30 people in prior years. Still there was a tense reaction to these people being released. Now there is a bill on the table to create a three strikes law here in Massachusetts.
When did it become an issue for our legislators to be tough on crime, to try to secure our neighborhoods better, to make sure that violent offenders are not allowed back out to harm more people?
This is not a black or Latino issue. It is an issue of safety for the entire state of Massachusetts. No one can force anyone to commit a felony. Every black or Latino person in our community is NOT required to commit three felonies. So why are people acting like that is the case? After reading more about the reductions in crime rates for violent offenders in states where three strikes laws were in effect, I believe that we should have a similar law in Massachusetts.