BOSTON (AP) – A new analysis says more than one-third of Massachusetts prisoners with serious criminal convictions who were paroled over the past five years ended up back in prison.
The Boston Globe reports Sunday that its review found 69 of the 201 prisoners who were paroled from their sentences of 15 years to life ended up back behind bars.
Thirty were accused of committing new crimes — including violent offenses — and 39 others were sent back after parole violations.
The Massachusetts Parole Board’s new chairman says more rigorous decision standards are being adopted, so the parole rate is likely to drop.
The review comes after last December’s fatal shooting of a Woburn police officer by a career criminal, who had been released on parole despite receiving three previous life terms.
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