Three strikes bill still up for debate in Massachusetts
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MASSACHUSETTS -- A new bill that could keep violent career criminals off the streets in Massachusetts is still up for debate, despite having already passed both the state's House and Senate.
Governor Deval Patrick has until Sunday to sign, veto, or seek amendments to the so called "Three Strikes " provision that would ban violent criminals from parole after a third offense.
The state's top judge is expressing concern over the criminal sentencing overhaul. Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland says the provision doesn't give judges discretion when sentencing felons and fears the automatic appeals process in the bill will clog the high court's already busy system.
Patrick had asked the opinion of Ireland while he decides what to do with the bill.