"Does Massachusetts Need a New Three Strikes Law?"

Roundtable discussion presented by Rappaport Center

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Faculty Meeting Room, 4th Floor
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont St., Boston

The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service presents a roundtable discussion on "Does Massachusetts Need a 'New' Three Strikes Law?"

The roundtable will address the amended versions of the Massachusetts habitual offender, or “three strikes,” law currently in conference committee.

Panelists are:


  • Rep. Bradford Hill (R-Ipswich), original sponsor of “Melissa’s Bill” – filed in response to the murder of 27-year-old Melissa Gosule in 1999 by a man who, despite a lengthy criminal record, did not qualify for habitual offender treatment



  • Retired U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner, a leading scholar and critic of non-discretionary criminal sentencing regimes


    They will discuss what the bills enacted by the House and Senate actually provide – dispelling erroneous information circulating about the bills – and what data and other factors legislators and the public should be considering to determine whether the legislation is necessary.

    The discussion is cosponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

    A complimentary lunch will be provided, but seating is limited.



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