AN ACT ALLOWING VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRIMES TO TESTIFY AT PAROLE BOARD HEARINGS.
Whereas , The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its
purpose, which is to allow forthwith victims of violent and sexual crimes to
testify at parole hearings, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency
law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety and convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Section 133E. Victims, and parents or legal guardians of minor victims, of
violent crime or a sex offense for which a sentence was imposed, who have been
certified by the criminal history systems board in accordance with
section 172 of chapter 6 and
section 3 of chapter 258B, may
testify in person at the parole hearing of the perpetrator
of the crime of which they were victims, or submit
written testimony to the parole board.
For the purpose of this section, "sex offense" and "violent crime" shall be
defined as follows:
"Violent crime", any crime (a) for which an individual has been
sentenced to imprisonment of 1 year or more, and (b) that: (i) has as an
the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force or a deadly weapon
against the person of another; (ii) is burglary, extortion, arson or
(iii) involves the use of explosives; or (iv) otherwise involves conduct that
presents a serious risk of physical injury to another.