As a prosecutor, Doherty helped to create what he calls a Pre-Complaint Juvenile Diversion Program for Middlesex country. The program helps minors, “…to understand the consequences of their actions, learn from their mistakes, lessen the propensity to commit future crimes and protect them from having a criminal record.” Doherty would likely expand the program statewide if elected.
“Sexting” is a phenomenon where sexually provocative images are sent via picture messages on cell phones. In Massachusetts, the law allows minors to be tried under the child pornography statutes. If charged, then minors could be required to register as a sex offender indefinitely. Recognizing the complexity of this issue, voters could expect Doherty to favor legislation to protect minors from registering as offenders.
A third aspect of his policy could streamline the deportation of illegal immigrants only in situations where major felonies and drug trafficking offenses have taken place. Having read his policy, Doherty appears to favor legislation that would deport illegal immigrants if they’re suspected of having trafficked drugs or committed serious crimes.
Though he released this policy today, the local authorities are already very familiar with Doherty. The police associations in Westford, Tyngsborough and Lowell have all endorsed him for the September 14th primary. Doherty is also favored by the Massachusetts Teachers Association, which is one of the largest unions in the state as it represents over 150, 000 members.