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H 3818 - Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence - Key Vote

Massachusetts Key Votes

Matthew Beaton voted Yea (Conference Report Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Concurrence Vote Failed (Senate) -
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Failed (House) (23-132) -

Title: Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (31-7) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that requires a habitual violent offender to serve maximum prison terms.

Highlights:
  • Requires a habitual violent offender to serve the maximum sentence term provided by law (Sec. 47).
  • Specifies that a habitual violent offender is an individual convicted of a felony that has twice previously been convicted and sentenced to at least 3 years in prison (Sec. 47).
  • Specifies that habitual violent offenses that can lead to a maximum term after being convicted twice previously, include, but are not limited to, the following (Sec. 47):
    • Assault and battery upon a child that caused bodily injury or substantial bodily injury; or
    • Armed robbery or armed assault.
  • Prohibits an individual from being considered a habitual offender based on juvenile offenses (Sec. 47).
  • Requires the parole board to consider an inmate’s prison participation in work opportunities, education and treatment programs when determining parole procurement (Sec. 36).
  • Specifies that convicted habitual offenders are not eligible for parole, work release, furlough, or to receive any deduction from their sentence for good conduct (Sec. 41).
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (139-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that requires a habitual violent offender to serve maximum prison terms.

Highlights:
  • Requires a habitual violent offender to serve the maximum sentence term provided by law (Sec. 47).
  • Specifies that a habitual violent offender is an individual convicted of a felony that has twice previously been convicted and sentenced to at least 3 years in prison (Sec. 47).
  • Specifies that habitual violent offenses that can lead to a maximum term after being convicted twice previously, include, but are not limited to, the following (Sec. 47):
    • Assault and battery upon a child that caused bodily injury or substantial bodily injury; or
    • Armed robbery or armed assault.
  • Prohibits an individual from being considered a habitual offender based on juvenile offenses (Sec. 47).
  • Requires the parole board to consider an inmate’s prison participation in work opportunities, education and treatment programs when determining parole procurement (Sec. 36).
  • Specifies that convicted habitual offenders are not eligible for parole, work release, furlough, or to receive any deduction from their sentence for good conduct (Sec. 41).
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Failed (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (142-12) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Requires Habitual Violent Offenders to Serve Their Full Sentence

Committee Sponsors

Sponsors

  • Eugene L. 'Gene' O'Flaherty (MA - D) (Out Of Office)
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