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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 Register #1330 dated January 13, 2017)  Sections 901 and 902 were rescinded in Massachusetts Register #1331.

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