This is the fifth in a series of Rappaport Roundtable discussions sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
This month's Roundtable will address the amended versions of the Massachusetts habitual offender, or “three strikes,” law currently in conference committee. Our guest speakers will be Representative Bradford Hill (R-Ipswich), the original sponsor of “Melissa’s Bill”; retired U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner, a leading scholar and critic of non-discretionary criminal sentencing regimes; and Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, the former legislator and prosecutor now responsible for housing incarcerated individuals and preparing them for success upon release. Melissa’s Bill was filed in response to the murder of 27-year-old Melissa Gosule in 1999 by Michael Gentile, a man who, despite a lengthy criminal record, did not qualify for habitual offender treatment. The speakers will discuss what the bills enacted by the House and Senate actually provide, dispel erroneous information circulating about the bills, and talk about the data and other factors that legislators and the public should be considering when determining whether the legislation is necessary.
All sessions are held in the Faculty Meeting Room, Fourth Floor, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street.
A complimentary lunch will be provided.
Seating is limited.
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