New Era In Criminal Justice

New era in criminal justice

Herald Times
Rachel Bunn

July 1, 2014

Today, the state’s first overhaul of the criminal code in nearly three decades goes into effect, with state officials hoping it both eases the strain on the Department of Correction’s resources and helps reduce recidivism.

But will the state’s hopes become reality? That’s the big question local criminal justice systems are asking.

No one knows what will happen now that sentencing goes from an A through D classification system for felons to a 1 through 6 level system. And no one’s quite sure what giving tougher sentences will do to the state’s prison and jail system.