Still, such lessons haven't registered in Massachusetts, where legislators are currently behind closed doors, negotiating a compromised version of a law-enforcement bill that Patrick will be likely to sign. No one knows exactly what that draft might entail, but sources say that it will probably include progressive measures from the original Senate bill, along with a narrower version of "three strikes" than is currently on deck.
"I don't know what happened in the background and behind the scenes to speed up the process so fast," says Henriquez. "That's above my pay grade. But I do know that there are a lot of people who are extremely determined to stop this. Personally, I'm hoping that it takes a while before anything happens, because there are a lot of important issues at hand here that were clearly ignored up to this point."
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