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Solitary Story Reminds Us Why We Advocate

This summer, one of CJPC’s 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...READ MORE

Justice Reinvestment Initiative Is Not Wholly Good

On Monday, August 4th, Governor Charlie Baker, president of the Massachusetts State senate, Stan Rosenberg, and Chief Justice Ralph Gants of the Supreme Judicial Court jointly announced their request to the US Department of Justice to bring the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) to Massachusetts. ...READ MORE

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...READ MORE

Racial Justice

When I learned that the Massachusetts' Black and Latino Caucus was hosting a speak out on racial justice at the Statehouse, I immediately thought of Jabir. I have known Jabir since the beginning of this year, and his insight continues to keep me grounded and drives me to keep up the call for changes to our criminal justice system... READ MORE

Activists Create First-ever Statewide Campaign to Educate Voters about Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Races

County sheriffs to be elected for six-year terms this fall.
NORTHAMPTON – The Ad Hoc Coalition To Stop New Jails in Massachusetts has created extensive materials for voters in every county describing the role of sheriffs, county prisons and jails, and candidates for office. READ MORE

Jabir Pope Audio Recording

Massachusetts and the Carceral State Conference: Sept. 11, 2016

Life Without Parole: A Reconsideration Report Release - 3/21/16

In 2010, Gordon Haas and Lloyd Fillion, in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition and the Norfolk Lifer’s Group, created a report that challenges the sentence of Life Without Parole, deeming it ineffective and in desperate need of reform. This year, we are thrilled to be releasing an updated second edition of the report which you can read here.