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  • Gov. Patrick: Major Changes Needed to Curb Crime

    BOSTON -- Gov. Deval Patrick is calling for tougher penalties for the state's most violent criminals while asking lawmakers to make non-violent drug offenders eligible for parole sooner.
    Patrick made the proposals during his annual state-of-the-state address Tuesday.
    Patrick is proposing lengthening the time before a violent felon convicted for a third crime would be eligible for parole.
    He said he'd also support a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for anyone whose third felony is murder or a similarly heinous crime.
    But Patrick said the state needs better options for non-violent drug offenders, pointing to the rising spending on prisons. He said simply warehousing offenders is a costly policy failure.
    He said the state needs to focus on education, job training and drug treatment programs to help offenders after their release.
    Patrick said Massachusetts has to end to the "fee-for-service" model that rewards doctors and hospitals for the amount of care they deliver instead of the quality.
    Patrick said the system needs to be changed to reward doctors and other health care providers for coordinating patient care and focusing on keeping patients healthy instead of treating each illness.
    Patrick said the state also needs to overhaul its medical malpractice laws.
    State lawmakers have already said that health care cost containment is a top issue for the new year.
    They say bringing costs under control is critical to maintaining the state's landmark 2006 health care law.
    Patrick said Massachusetts is doing better than most states, but still not well enough.
    The governor proposed bringing the state's 15 community colleges under a single budget and giving the state Board of Higher Education more oversight of them. He said that would help provide students with skills needed for thousands of existing jobs.
    Patrick also repeated his call for passage of a bill changing the state's fee-for-service model for paying for health care with a system that stresses quality.

    Read more: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/poli...#ixzz1kKufPGNA
    Everybody counts or no one counts.
    -Harry Bosch



    Some of you may remember that in my early days I was sort of a bleeding heart liberal. Then I became a man and put away childish things.
    -Ronald Reagan

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    Devil Patrick is a lying scumbag who is more anti-law enforcement than the criminals he coddles... When he's not campaigning for Odrama he's making asinine comments. Maybe he should just stick to making money for his anti-America, socialist boyfriend...
    surly?? screw you....

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Deuce View Post
      Devil Patrick is a lying scumbag who is more anti-law enforcement than the criminals he coddles... When he's not campaigning for Odrama he's making asinine comments. Maybe he should just stick to making money for his anti-America, socialist boyfriend...
      Couldn't agree with you more on that one. Deval hates cops. Period.
      Everybody counts or no one counts.
      -Harry Bosch



      Some of you may remember that in my early days I was sort of a bleeding heart liberal. Then I became a man and put away childish things.
      -Ronald Reagan

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      • #4
        Perfect example of our judicial system. I'm sitting in court and a kid charged with larceny by the mall cops is led into the courtroom wearing handcuffs and held without bail. The doofus charged with TRAFFICKING HEROIN and doing a probation violation hearing is sitting on the benches joking and giggling like a little girl...WTF is wrong with this picture.
        Whitechapel - Hate Creation

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SinePari View Post
          Perfect example of our judicial system. I'm sitting in court and a kid charged with larceny by the mall cops is led into the courtroom wearing handcuffs and held without bail. The doofus charged with TRAFFICKING HEROIN and doing a probation violation hearing is sitting on the benches joking and giggling like a little girl...WTF is wrong with this picture.
          About a year and a half ago I grabbed 3 heavy duty ex-cons on a traffic stop while working my town gig. In short they were all dressed in black clothes, all had different stories of where they were going and my partner and I got a big black hockey style bag filled with a nice assortment of crow bars, ski masks, hammers, binoculars etc out of the car they were driving. So given that all three were career B&E guys I charge them for possession of burglary tools. In the end, the newest of the ex con’s plead to six months and the other two got their probation extended. That was it; the assistant da told me she wasn’t too confident about the constructive possession aspect of the tools. Seriously!!! It was a giant bag, there’s no way you could miss it in the passenger compartment of the car. Besides that it was clinking and clanging when I brought into court that morning so much so that heads were turning in the gallery when I walked into the court room. Whatever
          Last edited by Sgt Jack; 02-01-2012, 09:55 AM.
          "Massachusetts it's NOT All here!!!!"

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