WBUR reports on the initial finds presented by the Council of State Government’s Justice Center to the state’s new Working Group reviewing the criminal justice system. “So far, the center’s researchers have analyzed publicly-available data and decided to further its review of three areas: incarceration, recidivism and supervision.” The presentation given by the Council at the meeting can be found at this post.
The Boston Globe reports on “the start of a months-long examination of the state’s criminal justice system that could lead to significant policy shifts.” Senator Brownsberger, who serves as the legislative co-chair of the Working Group partnering with the Council of State Governments on the policy review, told the Globe, “I think it’s very positive that the top leaders on Beacon Hill are all focusing together on real data about the criminal justice system. I can’t think of a conversation that is more likely to lead to support for real reforms.” The presentation given by the Council at the meeting can be found at this post.
CommonWealth Magazine reports on the initial meeting of the Working Group formed by state leaders to partner with the Council of State Government’s Justice Center to conduct an independent policy review of the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system and provide reform recommendations. The article focuses on the data-driven approach being taken as the “Council’s Justice Center laid out the scope of the review and some baseline data on the state’s criminal justice system.” Senator Brownsberger is legislative co-chair of the Working Group.
The 25-person Working Group of the CSG Justice Center-Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review met for the first time on January 12, 2016 at the State House. The Working Group was formed by state leaders in October 2015 to partner with the Council of State Government’s (CSG) Justice Center to review and provide proposals on criminal justice reform and justice reinvestment in Massachusetts. Senator Brownsberger serves on the Steering Committee as a legislative co-chair.
The Boston Globe? reported on the January 6th Transportation Committee hearing at which Senator Brownsberger testified with Representative Hunt about bike safety legislation.
WBZRadio 1030? reported on Senator Brownsberger’s efforts to pass bike safety legislation and highlighted his bill S1810? An Act to protect vulnerable road users by requiring certain vehicles to be equipped with side under-ride guards and blind spot mirrors. “If you ride along on your bicycle on the road, you’ll see some trucks where you could just about ride underneath those trucks,” said Brownsberger. “This [bill] would require those kinds of trucks to have a side guard so that if a cyclist did broadside the truck, they would be deflected instead of ending up getting run over by the wheels.”