Victory in Massachusetts School Zone Appeal!

Post Date: November 21, 2013

Yesterday, Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued its decision in the cases of Commonwealth v. Bradley and Commonwealth v. Pagan.  The court ruled that the 2012 sentencing reforms, which reduced the size of school zones from 1,000 feet to 300 feet, should apply to all drug offenders sentenced after the reforms took effect – even if the offense took place before the new law was passed.  FAMM had argued for this outcome and we are delighted.  The Bradley decision gives a more in-depth explanation of the SJC’s reasoning while the Pagan decision is shorter but mentions FAMM.  We are preparing an ealert update to go out tomorrow that will contain further explanation of this decision and who it affects.