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Tough New Parole Bill Facing Criticism in Massachusetts

A tough new sentencing bill is making it's way through the Massachusetts legislature this week.  

The bill prevents any prisoner convicted of more than two violent crimes from obtaining parole.

Two Harvard Law Professors are teaming with the former Massachusetts Department of Correction Commissioner, Kathleen Dennehy, with plans to state their case against the bill at the statehouse.

Critics of the bill say it would cost taxpayers millions, add to prison overcrowding and impose disproportionate punishments.  Supporters say it would keep career criminals off the streets.

The bill was drafted after a police officer was killed by a career criminal who had just been paroled.

The Massachusetts House and Senate have already approved separate versions of the bill.

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