David Becker’s case in Massachusetts is similar to the infamous Brock Turner case. There s outcry over Becker’s light sentences of a two year probationary term. However, due to the way Massachusetts law works, if Becker was sentenced to any amount of incarceration, he would have to register as a sex offender for 10 or 20 years. Both the judge and the victim did not want to ruin the life of an 18 year old. The way Massachusetts law is structured, prevents the judge from mitigating collateral consequences and thus leads to “all or nothing” sentences when a judge wishes to consider these factors.

Read the whole story at CCRC:

http://ccresourcecenter.org/2016/09/15/when-collateral-consequences-drive-the-sentence-the-david-becker-case/

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s