Over the past 4+ years as a prison volunteer, the most acute awareness I bring home is a sense of freedom.
This weekend as we celebrate freedom and justice, our state senators on Beacon Hill are preparing to debate h4184 on Tuesday, an act relative to juvenile justice [to keep young offenders in jail longer], with an amendment that would setback parole hearings for long-time inmates from every five years to every ten years.
Bottom line is more people, usually poor, black, brown and often mentally ill, will spend more time in prison. We will spend less on education, roads, and health care while incarcerating people at $48K a year, and more.
Join us at a rally Tuesday, 7/8, 10 am in the Hall of Flags at the Statehouse, followed by visits to your state senators. Training and talking points provided.
Call or email your senator http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
as well as the senate leaders below. It takes less than 5 minutes. Live people often answer the phone.
The legislative session ends July 31, and so will this torrent of emails urging you to act. THANKS for your support of freedom. Forward this message to a few friends.
This bill may be up for Senate Debate Tuesday, July 8Therefore, if you haven’t called, we need you to call speak with your Senator as well as Senate leadership (below) THIS WEEK to let them know that they should support fair sentencing for youth and oppose H.4184. Please urge friends, allies and others to call as well!
CONTACT YOUR OWN SENATOR and leadership with this message:
1. Youth should have an initial opportunity to seek parole no later than 15 YEARS into their sentence. REMEMBER: Eligibility is NOT a guarantee to secure parole, just an opportunity to be reviewed!
2. Everyone should be eligible for further parole hearings, if needed, no later than every 5 YEARS. 10 year setbacks are too extreme.
In addition to your senator, call or email:
Calling takes less than 5 minutes- they want to get rid of you fast!
Sen. Ways and Means Chair Steven Brewer, D-Barre:
Senate Judiciary Chair, William Brownsberger (D. Belmont):
President Therese Murray (D. Plymouth):
Majority Leader Stanley C. Rosenberg (D. Amherst):
We need your voices to be heard. TIME IS RUNNING SHORT, SO PLEASE CALL TODAY!
Citizens for Juvenile Justice