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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
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
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.