Patrick renews call for Mass. crime bill amendment
BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is again calling on lawmakers to support an amendment to a crime bill that would give more discretion to judges in the sentencing of repeat offenders.
In a statement issued Monday, Patrick said he wanted a bill to sign before the legislative session ends at midnight on Tuesday.
The bill previously approved by lawmakers includes a so-called "three strikes" provision that would bar parole for felons convicted of a third violent crime. Patrick announced on Saturday that he was seeking an amendment that would give judges limited discretion to grant parole to three-time felons.
Critics of the amendment say it would gut the intention of the bill.
It was unclear if the governor's proposal would be considered by the House and Senate on Monday.