Rachel Corey is currently the interim Executive Director of CJPC. As interim Executive Director, she will lead CJPC through the 2014 Summer Series. She is currently enrolled at Northeastern University for her M.S. in Law and Public Policy with a concentration in Crime, Law and Justice. She received her B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College in 2010.
Rachel wants to dedicate her life to ending mass incarceration and making the entire criminal justice system humane, equitable and effective.
Eric Tennen is a partner at Swomley and Tennen, LLP. His work focuses on trial and appellate practice, with a focus on criminal defense and civil liberties. Eric also teaches Legal Research and Writing for first year law students at Boston University School of Law.
In his career as an attorney, Eric has successfully defended persons charged with serious felonies in both State and Federal court. He has won the release of several persons facing civil commitment pursuant to G.L. chapter 123A as a sexually dangerous person and has successfully represented clients before the Sex Offender Registry Board. Eric has been on several Continuing Legal Education panels.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Eric received an LLM in Criminal Law from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 2004. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 2001. He has a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Michigan from 1998. Eric has also published articles concerning a wide array of criminal law issues.
Eric joined the CJPC Board of Directors in 2009.
Walter Stone--Vice Chairman
Walter Stone is the longest serving member of the CJPC Board of Directors. Walter served four years with the United States Air Force. He then pursued his studies in college, ultimately graduating from seminary. He worked for the Christian Ministry for 25 years as a pastor, counseling, and teacher. He taught at colleges about the use of academic material to practical life. He developed a sister-city program, was a camp counselor and served on various boards. Walter is an ex-prisoner who spent his incarceration assisting men with their legal issues, helping other prisoner with personal issues. He also served on a Legal Advisory group. Walter brings tremendous life experience, and a long institutional memory of CJPC history and accomplishments.
Allison Jordan has been a public defender with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services since April 2011. She works in the Alternative Commitment unit, representing sex offenders who have completed their criminal sentences but remain indefinitely incarcerated for one-day-to-life, pursuant to the Massachusetts "sexually dangerous persons" law. Prior to CPCS, she worked for New York Legal Aid Societyís Queens and Brooklyn offices, representing indigent defendants charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to high-level felonies. While in law school, Ms. Jordan worked for the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic, the Capital Trial Clinic, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston. Ms. Jordanís dedication to public service began before she entered law school: she served as an intern, then a child protective services worker for the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth, and Families in Claremont, NH.
Erick is an accountant and tax professional who joined the Board in 2013. He holds master's degrees in accounting, business administration, sport studies, and teaching. As an an ex-prisoner, Erick brings a unique perspective about the practical effects of criminal justice policy and programming.
Joel Pentlarge was born in Boston, grew up in Worcester, and graduated from Reed College in Portland Oregon and New England School of Law in Boston. He established a civil legal aid program in Ware, MA as a VISTA Volunteer and worked as a legal aid lawyer for five years. After that, he went into private practice in Ware for twenty years. He was chairman of the Ware Conservation Commission for ten years and President of the Palmer Airport Association. He experienced the other side of criminal justice system as prisoner for 3 Ĺ years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk and two years at the Massachusetts Treatment Center. He corresponded with CJPC while in prison and attended his first CJPC meeting shortly after getting out of prison in the spring of 2006. In the spring of 2007 he was invited to join the CJPC board of directors. For the last several years, Joel has served the board in various capacities including Secretary, Interim Executive Director and, now, Treasurer.
Arthur is the co-founder of several residential treatment facilities for disadvantage youths in Southern California. He is also a former Boston University student and database specialist with an extensive history in commercial and residential real estate. Currently, Arthur serves as the Director of Partakers, Inc., a Boston area non-profit organization. As an ex-prisoner, Arthur brings unique experience to the organization, helping address issues of recidivism and the need for rehabilitative and educational programming in Massachusetts prisons. Arthur joined the CJPC Board of Directors in 2009.
David is a career entrepreneur and small businessman who, among other accomplishments, built a snack food delivery business from the ground up and operated it for over 18 years. Through his experience with hiring and training employees, David became interested in expanding opportunities for work for the unemployed. He recently drafted a job creation proposal that would consolidate efforts of government economic stimulus, initiatives led by nonprofit organizations, and the innovative potential of the private sector to counteract the contemporary trend of high unemployment that the recession has precipitated. The need for job creation is especially salient for individuals who have recently been laid off and for those who have been incarcerated, both of which groups represent a significant proportion of the population in Massachusetts.
Tony Smith is the founder and executive director of the New Start Project, to advocate for career development of returning citizens. The New Start Projectís mission is to encourage collaboration among returning citizens and communities to remove economic and social stigmas, to ensure safe prosperous communities. He is a member of the Youth Reduction Taskforce in Dorchester, the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporationís Men of Action/Men of Color, and Mothers for Justice and Equality in Roxbury.
In 2014 Tony received the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Community Leadership Award; the LGBT Emerging Leader award at the White House in 2012; Student of the Year by the Atlanta Metropolitan College in 2011; and in 2011 the Georgia State Assembly recognized Tony for raising political awareness among AMC students. The US Navy awarded Tony two medals for leadership in ensuring combat readiness.
Tony served six years in the United States Navy as an Information System Technician. After an honorable discharge in 2011, Tony moved to Atlanta to attend college and became a community activist. He volunteered with Someone Cares of Atlanta, AIDS Survival Project, Georgia Equality, Shepardís Tale Covenant Church, and Vision Church of Atlanta Ė focused on HIV prevention and awareness, LGBT rights and voter rights. Tony has: facilitated life skills workshops; forums on political issues; led community service projects to provide HIV testing in high risk communities; and fed hundreds of homeless people.
Tony holds an associateís degree from Atlanta Metropolitan College and a bachelorís in political science from Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, and a certificate and masterís degree in Organizational Leadership from Wheelock College in Boston.
Tony bases his life on these precepts: restoring individual lives restores communities; social and economic advancement for disenfranchised communities; and justice for all.
Shay became interested in criminal justice reform through witnessing the direct impact of the war on drugs in my community. As a teenager, people around her began to be affected by what is now being called Massachusetts' heroin epidemic. She has seen firsthand how difficult it is for these people to get help, because they are seen as criminals. She has seen people have to wait weeks to get into detoxes and months to get into inpatient treatment facilities, and she has seen people who needed and wanted help get turned away from these facilities because they didn't have the right insurance coverage. Even though jail or prison is a poor option, it's often the only alternative to homelessness or death. One of the first college courses she enrolled in was Drugs & Society, and this got her interested in other criminal justice courses. Currently, she is double majoring in sociology and philosophy at UMass Boston and plans to pursue a career in criminal justice policy reform.
Marigny Nevitt is a junior at Florida State University majoring in Sociology and Philosophy and working for CJPC during Summer 2015. Marigny became interested in criminal justice reform through her sociology studies at FSU after reading a number of works including The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and The Envy of the World: On Being a Black Man in America by Ellis Cose. She came to CJPC this summer through the Boston University Summer Study Internship Program and enjoys engaging in the wide variety of issues on which CJPC focuses.
May Pascaud is studying International Development and History at McGill University. She developed an interest in criminal justice reform through classes on civil rights legislation and constitutional law. She also wrote an article about architects protesting the use of solitary confinement in prisons for her other internship at PRIís The World. She has always been passionate about social justice issues, and feels that ending mass incarceration and human rights abuses within the criminal justice system should be at the forefront of Americaís reform efforts.
Ryan Trismen is a rising Sophomore at American University majoring in Justice and Law with a Psychology minor who is working for CJPC during the summer of 2015. Ryanís career aspirations include being involved with federal law enforcement, but what really spiked his interest in criminal justice reform was recent cases of police brutality. He believes that the highest levels of law enforcement can be improved by looking through the scope of justice reform. Ryan heard about CJPC from a friend who works in the area, and immediately wanted to become involved.