State legislators debate implementing ‘3 strikes’ rule
Officer’s killing added urgency
Describing a “war’’ on Beacon Hill over mandatory minimum sentence policies, a freshman lawmaker contended that most of his colleagues voted to crack down on habitual felons last year without understanding the consequences. “We’re going to war in here. We’re going to battle about this bill,’’ said state Representative Carlos Henriquez of Dorchester. Henriquez spoke outside the State House at a rally against legislative efforts to eliminate parole and impose maximum sentences for criminals convicted of their third felony.