Gov. Deval Patrick has sent a crime bill back to the Legislature because he wants a what he calls a “safety valve” added to the three strikes provision.
The bill that lawmakers approved earlier this month would bar parole for career criminals after a third violent crime.
It’s also known as Melissa’s Law, named for Melissa Gosule, who was murdered in 1999 in Halifax by a repeat offender.
Her father, Les Gosule, told WATD he believes lawmakers will get a bill the governor will sign
The governor wants to give state judges limited discretion to allow career criminals to be eligible for parole after serving two-thirds of the maximum prison sentence, or after serving 25 years of a life sentence.