S.967 / H.873 Sponsors: Senators Jehlen & Eldridge, Representative Chynah Tyler
Please submit testimony in support of raising the felony threshold to $1500. Testimony should be submitted to the:
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To: Senator William Brownsberger and Representative Tyler, Joint Committee on Judiciary Chairs
Re: Testimony in Support of Raising the Felony Larceny Threshold from $250 to $1500
To the Honorable Senator Brownsberger and Representative Tyler,
I’m writing to express my support of raising the threshold for felony larceny. Having a felony charge on a person’s criminal record makes it exceedingly difficult for a person to reintegrate to their community post-release from prison. Senator Brownsberger, your post on March 14th summarized the problems faced by people with a felony on their record and the reasons why the felony threshold must be raised. Thank you for writing this thoughtful article.
- A felony conviction takes 10 years to remove from a person’s record as opposed to a misdemeanor charge which can be removed from a person’s record after 5 years.
- Four other states have a threshold of $2,000 and five are set at $1500. Massachusetts is currently at the very bottom nationally, with only two other states lower.
- Other stated that have increased the felony larceny threshold have not seen an increase in crime.
- There are approximately 40,000 larceny charges per year in our courts. Most are resolved without a conviction. Larceny under $10,000 almost never result in prison sentences. This is understood as an indication that judges view these crimes as misdemeanors.
- People with a petty theft charge should not bear the same stigma as violent criminals.
I respectfully request that you support this bill with a favorable vote.
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