Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ralph D. Gants Dies at 65

Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ralph D. Gants Dies at 65

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ralph D. Gants Dies at 65

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A criminal justice advocate, Gants worked with the Legislature on passing the criminal justice reform bill of 2018 that changed how bail and fines would be levied. The reform bill also eliminated mandatory minimum sentences, a change Gants had called for years earlier.

“If you do not abolish minimum mandatory sentences for drug offenses, you must accept the tragic fact that this disparate treatment of persons of color will be allowed to continue,” he told the Judiciary Committee during a 2015 hearing.

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