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CJPC Winter 2014 Newsletter

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An Open Letter to Sheriff Koutoujian

The following contains my thoughts on the First Unitarian Society of Newton (FUSN) speaker series where Sheriff Koutoujian discussed his role, progress, and ideas for the future as Sheriff of Middlesex County on July 13th, 2015.

Sheriff Koutoujian,

To begin, Id like to thank you for taking the time to engage with the people who have questions and concerns about the criminal justice system in Massachusetts. I would also like to thank Nancy Wrenn for putting it all together, and everyone who thoughtfully asked questions and shared opinions to you and the rest of the group. That said, Id like to say something:

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2016 Year End Letter

Dear Friends of Justice,

It has been an extremely productive and inspiring year for CJPC. Though there is always more to do, we have accomplished much; and we have sowed the seeds for much more to come. In these turbulent times, our resolve to push for more humane and compassionate criminal justice policies is stronger than ever. We know these are priorities for you too...READ MORE


Activists interrupt
criminal justice meeting

Advocates worried reform bill wont address sentencing issues (article courtesy of CommonWealth Magazine)

Chanting "JOBS NOT JAIL," advocates for criminal justice reform briefly disrupted the final meeting of a state criminal justice policy commission today, part of a growing chorus of voices expressing concern that state leaders are preparing to put forward legislation that wont include major changes to sentencing laws...READ MORE



CJPC Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Renewed Commitment to Reform the Sentence of
Life Without Parole

The Criminal Justice Policy Coalition (CJPC) will mark its 20th anniversary on Tuesday, April 26 with an evening highlighting its campaign to eliminate life without parole sentences in Massachusetts, instead arguing for a maximum sentence that mandates parole review after 25 years of incarceration. This policy proposal is outlined in this recently released report.

The event from 6:15 to 8:00 pm is free and open to the public and will be held at Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, Massachusetts in Room 200 of the Student Center.
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Solitary Story Reminds Us
Why We Advocate

By Marigny Nevitt

This summer, one of CJPCs main initiatives is working with the Coalition for Effective Public Safety to raise awareness of solitary confinement practices in Massachusetts and work for reform. As part of this initiative, during the summer and beyond, we are taking part in the monthly Day of Action on the 23rd of each month. Why the 23rd, you may wonder? Each day, men and women in solitary confinement spend approximately 23 hours locked up in their cell. So, the 23rd is symbolic of those 23, or more, hours locked up in their cell. So, the 23rd is symbolic of those 23, or more, hours.

This month, I was able to partake in the Day of Action by chalking facts and information about solitary confinement in Massachusetts on the sidewalk outside our CJPC office to raise awareness among the public.

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STOP Solitary Efforts in Massachusetts

As part of the Coalition for Public Safety (CEPS), weve partnered with The Prisoner Hunger Strike Coalition (PHSS) to bring awareness to and, ultimately, end solitary confinement in Massachusetts prisons.

Following the 2013 hunger strike initiated by people who are incarcerated at Pelican Bay State Prison in California, The Prisoner Hunger Strike Coalition (PHSS) began launching statewide coordinated actions in an effort to bring public awareness to end solitary confinement. READ MORE