- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Beacon Hill lawmakers and community leaders are planning to push this week for legislation designed to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system.

Supporters plan a news conference at the Statehouse on Tuesday on a bill that would repeal mandatory minimum drug sentences and reduce certain low-level felonies - such as shoplifting, petty theft, or more minor drug charges - to misdemeanors.

It would also eliminate the law requiring the Registry of Motor Vehicles to confiscate the license of a person convicted of any drug offense.

The bill would also take the money saved from the changes to create a trust fund designed to pay for job training and pre-apprenticeship programs for youth, veterans, victims of violence, and other people with significant barriers to employment.

The fund would also back initiatives to discourage teens from dropping out of school.

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