Parole for Mass. Drug Offenders, One Year Later

Post Date: October 30, 2013

Now that the 2012 sentencing reforms have been in effect for over a year, there are two groups of drug offenders in Massachusetts’ prisons and houses of correction — those who were sentenced under the old laws and those who were (or will be) sentenced under the new law.  Not surprisingly, FAMM has been getting an increased number of questions about who benefits from the 2012 sentencing reforms and in particular, when they may be eligible for parole.   

Here is a new fact sheet that gives the basics on sentence length and parole eligibility.  Please note: This is general information.  Prisoners with questions about their specific sentences should check with their defense attorneys.  In addition, this general information is not intended to cover drug lab cases.  Prisoners who have been re-sentenced due to the drug lab crisis should also check with their defense attorneys on their specific sentences.  

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Barbara J. Dougan 

Massachusetts Project Director
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)

Contact FAMM’s Massachusetts Project:

By phone: (617) 543-0878
By email:
By mail: P.O. Box 54, Arlington, MA 02476