From Eric Tennen, Board Chair, Criminal Justice Policy Coalition

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Rachel Corey’s departure as Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, effective October 28, 2016. Since early 2014, Rachel has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor as the research assistant for the Executive Session of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management.

We want to thank her for her dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments, including:

  • Restarting corresponding with 100+ people incarcerated throughout Massachusetts prisons to ensure their voice is heard and followed at the policy table
  • Launching the inaugural Massachusetts and the Carceral State Conference in September 2016 with our partners at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, the National Lawyers Guild-Massachusetts Chapter and the Coalition for Effective Public Safety
  • Reinvigorating the Anti-Life Without Parole Working Group
  • Secure funding for a position to work to ensure public safety and successful reentry for people convicted of sex offenses
  • Launching monthly Together to End Solitary actions to raise public awareness about solitary confinement in Massachusetts
  • Collaborating with allies within the Jobs Not Jails coalition and the Coalition for Effective Public Safety

Over the next month, we will be conducting a search to find an Interim Executive Director. During this transition period, it is our priority to maintain a stable and effective organization.

Again, we want to thank Rachel for her dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation at the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition. She will be greatly missed. We look forward to following the success of her career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition as we continue to work for meaningful criminal justice reform in Massachusetts. During this transition, you can still communicate with CJPC through director@cjpc.org.


Eric Tennen, Chair, Board of Directors, Criminal Justice Policy Coalition

From Rachel Corey, Executive Director, Criminal Justice Policy Coalition

I recently submitted my resignation to the board in order to pursue new opportunities. While I have a mix of emotions as I move into this next chapter of my career, as the research assistant at the Executive Session of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, I will continue to further the work that is so important to me: ending the prison industrial complex. The decision for my transition did not come easily as I am extremely proud of all that the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition has accomplished and hold dear to my heart the relationships I’ve built during my time as Executive Director.

You all welcomed me with open arms when I stepped into this role. I have learned so much from all of you. I want to give my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of the organization and of me personally over the years. Without you, the organization would not be as strong and vibrant as it is. I am so honored to have been the leader of this incredible organization and will watch with much excitement and anticipation as it makes strides in bringing justice to Massachusetts.

If you would like to get in touch with me, the best way moving forward will be: corey.rachel@gmail.com.


Rachel Corey, Executive Director, Criminal Justice Policy Coalition