Gov. Deval Patrick has signed into law a crime bill with a so-called three strikes provision barring parole for repeat violent offenders.
Governor Patrick announced Tuesday that he would sign the “three strikes” crime bill.
The House and Senate rejected Governor Deval Patrick’s amendment to a crime bill.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo told WBZ-TV a key amendment being promoted by Gov. Deval Patrick to the “three-strikes” bill toughening penalties for repeat violent offenders “would really gut the bill.”
The measure would prevent three-time violent habitual offenders from being released on parole.
Massachusetts lawmakers are preparing to hear testimony on the best ways to overhaul the state’s parole system.