Gov Patricks Plan to Reduce Drug Free School Zone

The number of things I see wrong with the Governors plans can’t be compiled into one post. First he reduces the amount of state funding struggling municipalities receive by 68 million. I can understand that, given the bleak fiscal situation, but then he announces he is adding over 100 million to schools funding. Clearly a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Now comes the news that he is going to pay for these things by shutting down prisons. To offset the costs for the overpopulation he is about to create, he will just reduce the number of inmates. How will he do this you ask? Well by simply making it more difficult to break the law. Reducing minimum mandatory sentencing, and shortening the drug free school zone from 1000 feet to 100 feet will help him produce the desired result of having less felons behind bars. But where will these people end up? They will be 101 feet from our children as they leave school. Thats where. Brilliant idea.

Excusing wrong behavior doesn’t stop it. It only encourages it. So as he encourages the criminal behavior of others he cuts the funding of local municipalities who in turn will cut their police. His logic legitimately makes my head hurt. People will whistle past this graveyard politically once again until the next time that they need a cop. The obvious result will be a longer response time and the disgruntled citizen will take it out on the cop that arrives on scene for taking too long.

My advice, officers should contact the office for Senator Jim Timilty. Besides being most likely the best mind on capital hill with regards to law enforcement related matters, he is also the Chairman of the Committee with direct oversight. His office Number is 617 722-1222 and email is

After slamming the state parole board for allowing a dangerous criminals back onto the street, isn’t the governor doing the exact same thing now?

Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

About Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Ronald A. Sellon is a licensed Attorney in the state of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Massachusetts as well as a Sergeant with a Municipal Police Department and U.S. military Veteran. Additionally, he has taught Criminal Procedure at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree and has written a text on Criminal Procedure for police field training officer programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) Presidents award and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree. Questions related to content material may be directed to
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One Response to Gov Patricks Plan to Reduce Drug Free School Zone

  1. shaun santos says:

    I could not agree with you more. As a narcotics detective with Lowell PD, I have had a first hand experience with minimum mandatory sentences, particularly, within 100 feet of a park / 1000 feet of a school zone. Without these statutory minimums, judges would never sentence anyone to incarceration. Judges often find many ways around the ststutory minimums, when deciding motions to suppress/dismiss. If they remove these statutory minimums,watch at how few offenders will be sentenced

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