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From the Boston Bar Journal - Parole: Evidence of Rehabilitation and Means to Rehabilitate

In Diatchenko v. District Attorney for the Suffolk District & Others, 466 Mass. 655 (2013), the Supreme Judicial Court invalidated the statutory provisions mandating life without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of first degree murder.  The Diatchenko Court adopted the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama, 132 S.Ct. 2455, 2460 (2012), which required consideration of a juvenile’s “lessened culpability” and “greater capacity for change.” As a result of Diatchenko, sixty-one Massachusetts inmates became eligible for parole and entitled to parole hearings where they will be afforded “a meaningful opportunity to obtain release,” Diatchenko, 466 Mass. at 674, before the completion of their criminal sentence.  This article provides guidance to practitioners appearing before the Parole Board for these and other life sentence hearings.
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From the Boston Bar Journal - Risky Policies: How Effective Are Restrictions on Sex Offenders in Reducing Reoffending?

Sex offenders are one of the most reviled groups of felons.  In the past few decades, there has been a dramatic increase in laws and regulations governing virtually every facet of their lives.  The policy decisions about how to deal with sex offenders flow largely in one direction: restrict them as much as possible.  This one-sided approach has created a complex web of restrictions that ultimately causes more harm than good.
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