This bill would increase the felony larceny threshold to $1500.
Any larceny case involving something worth over $250 is now a felony and an increase is long overdue because the $250 felony amount was set decades ago in 1987.
The present $250 threshold is unjust because it captures too many low level offenses and makes felons of countless people, including young people and those with substance abuse problems.
Any felony carries a heavy stigma, creates barriers to jobs, housing, training, occupational licenses and other opportunities.
There is a 10 year waiting period to seal these low level offenses because these cases are classified as felonies.
Increasing the threshold to $1500 would help many people trapped in poverty and unemployment for what were actually low level offenses.
Every state in the U.S. has a higher amount except New Jersey ($200) and Virginia ($200).
All New England states have higher thresholds for felony larceny than Massachusetts.
CT $2000 • RI $1500• Maine $1000 • NH $1000 •Vermont $900 • MA $250
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