Fair, effective and cost-efficient reforms are at the core of the BBA's work on sentencing. In 1991, we published The Crisis in Corrections and Sentencing in Massachusetts (PDF), a task force reporthighlighting the need for guidelines judges could reference when issuing sentences. The report led to the establishment of the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission to oversee sentencing reform.
The BBA opposes mandatory sentencing minimums for the majority of crimes, as we believe such a rigid policy which overlooks details pertinent to individual cases and creates an unnecessary financial burden is not in the best interest of the public or the Commonwealth. We have consistently advocated for the establishment of a tough, effective, and cost efficient system of intermediate sanctions, in lieu of incarceration for non-violent offenders.