Category Archives: lobby

Driver’s licenses within reach

THANKS to a massive statewide effort, the Senate passed the amendment to change the law to allow a person who served time for a drug offense to be allowed to obtain a driver’s license upon release.

There are few more steps to get it through the Massachusetts State Legislature, and we must sit tight and hope for the best.

We must continue to make our collective voices heard. Attend a Judiciary Committee hearing at the Statehouse Wednesday,  May 28, 1 pm, hearing room A-2 on the first floor. The Committee will hear testimony on whether the state will change the law from offering a parole hearing every five years for those sentenced to second-degree life in prison, 15 years to life, to holding a hearing every ten years.

Such a change would take the state backwards and further enmesh the Commonwealth in mass incarceration.  We must make our voices heard tomorrow.