Closing the loophole on charges that DO NOT trigger a dangerousness hearing

Closing the loophole on charges that DO NOT trigger a dangerousness hearing

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Currently Massachusetts laws limit what criminal charges can trigger a dangerousness hearing and these limitations are setting free many men and women that are dangerous back into our communities. There is a major loophole in Massachusetts laws that prevent courts from holding a defendant who is dangerous.  A dangerousness hearing is not and cannot be triggered under the current law. According to Gov. Charlie Baker, "I think the way the system is set up right now, it's virtually impossible to have a hearing, and the courts have very few tools available to them to hold dangerous people.” This gap allows dangerous people back into our communities with only a set minuscule amount of bail and some conditions if applicable.

I am the parent of a teen boy who was raped by two different men.  Both of these men should be considered dangerous and held in jail. I urge you to assist me in provoking change to close this loophole. I ask that this law be changed immediately and apply to any open and consequent cases. A dangerousness hearing should automatically be triggered and apply to any defendant being charged with assault and or rape of a person regardless of aggravating factors.

Please help me to bring change to keep these dangerous people where they belong, in jail, not in the comfort of their homes.

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