In 2016 the Massachusetts Parole Board proposed several revisions to their regulations. (120 Code of Mass. Regulations 100-900) The public was invited to submit written comments and/or attend a hearing on August 18, 2016. The final version of the regulations were published in Massachusetts Register #1330 dated January 13, 2017. The regulations explain the process for parole and review hearings, the rescission of a parole date, parole revocation, appeal and reconsideration of board decisions, victims’ rights, dissemination of CORI information, and executive clemency. The main purpose of the changes was to make the regulations clearer and more understandable for the general public. “There are many terms, procedures, and agency definitions that the general public and/or individuals subject to Parole’s regulations are not familiar with and that are not defined in Parole’s governing statutes.” (Regulation filing sheet for 120 CMR 100 in Mass. Register #1330 dated January 13, 2017) Sections 901 and 902 were rescinded in Massachusetts Register #1331.
For more information on the topic, see our law about page on sentencing, probation and parole.
Hate Speech Law in Massachusetts posted on May 23
Hate crime and hate speech are related, but not identical topics. A hate crime is a crime that is motivated by bigotry. See our earlier blog post about hate crime in Massachusetts. Hate speech is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary (10th ed., 2014) as: “Speech …Continue Reading Hate Speech Law in Massachusetts
Hate Crime Law in Massachusetts posted on Apr 20
“Hate crimes” and “hate speech” are hot topics in the realms of education, the courts, the media, and in our daily lives. These are two separate but related issues. “Hate speech” will be a subsequent post. According to Black’s Law Dictionary (10th edition), a “hate …Continue Reading Hate Crime Law in Massachusetts
Remembering Charles Kindregan posted on Apr 19
We are all familiar with his name, but few of us know some of the quirky, amusing details of his personality. Elissa Ely and the Remembrance Project on WBUR.org has a wonderful tribute to a man that was so influential for fifty years. Listen to the …Continue Reading Remembering Charles Kindregan