Public Safety

Representative Campbell takes a strong stance on public safety issues. She was previously a  member of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

See below for public safety legislation Representative Campbell has supported in previous Legislative Sessions:

H434 – An Act relative to the punishment of habitual offenders
“Melissa’s Bill was filed in the memory of Melissa Gosule, then 27 year old teacher who, on July 11, 1999, was driving on Cape Cod when her car broke down and she then accepted a ride from a stranger who offered to help. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Melissa, the man who offered to help her, Michael Gentile, was a repeat criminal offender who had been able to escape just punishment for all of the previous crimes he had committed. In fact, the man who murdered Melissa had served a total of two years in prison for a combined 27 convictions. It was the last time that Melissa was ever seen alive, and she was found eight days later in a shallow grave raped and stabbed to death.

The legislation’s primary purpose is to assure truth in sentencing for violent, repeat offenders.

Among its provisions include:

  • Mandates that after a defendant is convicted of a felony in three separate incidents, then he will be punished by the maximum sentence as specified by the Legislature for that third crime.
  • The bill furthers truth in sentencing and recidivist accountability by closing the current loophole that allows for “package deals”. This is the practice in which a defendant who commits new crimes when he has other pending charges is able to combine the crimes together and receive concurrent sentences. Essentially, the defendant is able to avoid additional punishment for the new crimes committed. Under this version of “Melissa’s Bill,” sentences that are imposed on these new crimes must run consecutively to the sentences imposed on the previous crimes
  • Defendants who are free on a suspended sentence and commit a felony during that time cannot be released on probation once again, avoiding accountability. “Melissa’s Bill” would require that the suspended sentence then be served after a finding of probable cause for a new crime.

H1388 – An Act relative to rape of a child by force by previous offenders
This bill adds a new section to the General Laws, mandating that a person convicted of raping a child who has been previously convicted as a youthful offender for: indecent assault and battery on a child; aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child, or a person 14 or older; assault on a child with intent to commit rape; and rape or aggravated rape of a child, receive a sentence of life imprisonment without the chance of parole.

H1389 – An Act relative to rape of a child by force
This bill adds a new section to the General Laws, mandating that a person convicted of raping a child receive a sentence of life imprisonment, or at least 30 years without the chance of parole. Subsequent acts of rape by anyone over 18 years of age would result in a life sentence. If the act is committed while the person is armed with a firearm, that mandate would be life imprisonment, or at least 45 years without the chance of parole.

H3636 – An Act protecting children
This legislation would mandate that any parent, legal guardian, or caretaker of a minor child, who has knowledge of the death of said minor child, and who fails to notify law enforcement or emergency medical personnel of the death of said minor child, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars and imprisonment in jail or a house of correction for not more than two and one half years.

HD3883 – An Act relative to the timely reporting of missing children
This legislation will create criminal statutes for the failure of parents or guardians to report a child missing after 48 hours, for failure to notify law enforcement or emergency medical personnel of a death of a child in their care, for failure to notify law enforcement agencies with the location of a child’s corpse. It will also create criminal statutes for people who willfully and knowingly provide false information to law enforcement personnel investigating a missing child.

S891 – An Act reforming the parole system and protecting public safety
Requires individuals serving a life sentence to serve a minimum of 25 years before becoming eligible for parole, and requires a two-thirds vote before parole will be granted. Also eliminates the prospect of parole for anyone serving more than one life sentence. In addition, this bill establishes a process for removing parole board members and requires district attorneys, law enforcement, victims and the families of victims to receive advance notice of parole hearings so they can have an opportunity to testify before the parole board.

An Act to enhance community safety
This comprehensive and bipartisan, bicameral legislation seeks to address the strains placed on personal, municipal, and statewide finances as a result of illegal immigration. These strains result from enhanced public safety costs, burdens placed upon a limited job market with an enlarged workforce, the need for safe, affordable housing for our residents, and the availability of crucial yet diminishing services for our vulnerable populations. This legislation seeks to address, to the extent possible, those issues under the control of the Commonwealth. Absent a comprehensive federal solution to legal and illegal immigration, the Commonwealth should act to protect its interest, and the interests of, and impacts upon, its residents.

 

 

 

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