In 2018, Massachusetts enacted reforms designed to reduce incarceration — to lift people instead of locking them up and also to cut the chains of complex oversight that hold them down when they are trying to get back on their feet. Our reforms were also designed to improve public safety. This post collects resources on criminal justice reform in Massachusetts.
Criminal Justice Reforms of 2018
- Main Reform Package
- Statements on release and signing
- Section-by-section analysis
- Full text
- Elements of reform with links to text
- Explainers of Elements of Main Reform Package
- The CSG package — good time and completion credits
- Podcast discussion of the package (2019 retrospective)
Prior reforms and background
- Collateral consequences
- Drug policy
- Glossary of Sentencing Terms
- Juvenile Justice
- Sex Offender Recidivism
- Sentencing Legislation of 2012 — first vote, analysis, additional impact analysis, final results.
- . . . more (browse all criminal justice posts)
Advocates and Researchers
- Brennan Center
- Citizens for Juvenile Justice
- Community Resources for Justice
- CSG Justice Center
- Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
- Greater Boston Legal Services
- Jobs not Jails
- Massachusetts Bail Fund
- Massachusetts Sentencing Commission
- Prison Legal Services
Other organizations/resources that should be listed here? Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Prison Policy Initiative is a good source and works out of Easthampton MA. Although they have statistics on Massachusetts, they also have state level graphs and analyses for all states. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/about.html
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