Prior to 2010, Massachusetts drug offenders were not eligible for parole until they had served the mandatory minimum portion of their sentences. For all county prisoners and the many state prisoners who were serving “and a day” sentences – such as five years to five and a day – this policy forced them to leave prison without a re-entry plan or supervision. In 2010, certain drug offenders who were sentenced to mandatory minimums at county houses of correction became eligible for parole after serving half of their sentences, the same as most other county prisoners. In 2012, many drug offenders who were sentenced to mandatory minimums at a state prison became eligible for parole. See our materials below for more information.
FAMM believes that all drug offenders sentenced to mandatory minimums should be eligible for parole after serving half of the mandatory minimum for their offense. That is what we are fighting for during the current (2013 – 2014) session of the Legislature.