Is this the year Massachusetts will eliminate mandatory minimum sentences?

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There appears to be growing support for repealing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. BOSTON -- In 2012, then-Gov. Deval Patrick and House and Senate leaders committed to reconsidering state laws on mandatory minimum sentences the following year. But no changes were ever made. Three years later, lawmakers pushed off criminal justice reforms until after an outside consultant, the Council on State Governments, completed a review. Now, with criminal justice reform a top legislative priority, could 2017-18 be the legislative session where some mandatory minimum sentences finally get repealed? "It's the big question on everyone's minds," said Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Boston, a supporter of repealing...

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