Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Public Safety/Law Enforcement: Medical Examiner / Victim Assistance / Sentencing

L23 Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

L24 Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance

L25 Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

L23 Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Executive Office of Public Safety
720 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
Tel: 617-267-6767 Monday -Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm
Fax: 617-266-6763

The Chief Medical Examiner (formerly known as the Coroner system) has the responsibility to determine cause and manner of death in all cases of suspected homicide, suicide, accidents, drug overdoses, and sudden and unexpected natural deaths. The office also oversees and reviews the work of all medical examiners in the Commonwealth, enforces the rules and regulations approved by the Commission on Medicolegal Investigations, and ensures that the records of medical investigations and autopsies are received and properly kept.

Regional Offices

1221 Main Street, Suite 115
Holyoke, MA 01040
Tel: 413-538-6213
Toll Free: 1-800-445-5889

One Simpins Road
Sandwich, MA 02563
Tel: 508-539-2200

55 Lake Avenue, North
Worcester, MA 01655
Tel: 508-856-3501

L24 Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA)
Victim and Witness Assistance Board
One Ashburton Place, Room 1101
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-586-1340
Toll Free: 1-844-878-6682

This office assists crime victims through advocacy, referrals and supports services. It oversees the operation of the Victim Bill of Rights, pursuant to M.G.L. Ch. 258B, and works closely with criminal justice agencies to promote victims' rights and services. It administers grants under the federal Victims of Crime Act to community-based agencies providing direct services to crime victims and a program of civil court advocacy for victims of domestic violence.

L25 Massachusetts Sentencing Commission
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-788-6867

The Truth In Sentencing Law, MGL Chapter 211E, was conceived as a way to ensure that punishments handed down in Massachusetts Courts fit the crime committed, while taking into consideration any special circumstances involved. To accomplish this, the legislation created a state sentencing commission to design guidelines for judges to refer to when sentencing a convicted criminal.

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