What Mass lawmakers can learn from the battle to end death by incarceration across the country
As the only man left on death row, an African-American in a state that is 93% Caucasian, sitting in the secure housing unit at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, he seemed far from the concerns of the candidates on stage.
“I get calls from lifers every week that feel they have not gotten a fair hearing by the parole board.”
The Bay State has a fraught history of sentencing people to serve life without parole. Now lawmakers have a chance to end the bad deal Beacon Hill made to trade the death penalty for natural life sentences.