Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Representative Bradford Hill’s Statement on Release of Habitual Offenders Legislation from Conference Committee

Representative Bradford R. Hill (R-Ipswich) issued the following statement today in response to the release of anti-crime and sentencing reform legislation from the House and Senate Conference Committee:

“I am extremely pleased that after years of hard work and dedication, this piece of legislation has finally emerged from the House and Senate Conference Committee.

It has been my goal for over ten years, through the original filing of Melissa’s Bill and zealous advocacy, to pass legislation that ensures the most heinous and violent criminals remain behind bars in order to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Additionally, this legislation is balanced in a way that takes the initial step towards lessening non-violent drug sentencing and opens the door for further rehabilitation opportunities, which are currently not available.

A top priority of the Legislature should be to ensure the safety of all the citizens of the Commonwealth from dangerous, habitual offenders and this bill will do just that.”