|Activists are preparing to fill the hearing rooms at the Statehouse when the Judiciary Committee – where most bills for justice/corrections reform are heard, reviews juvenile justice, CORI reform and more.
We recommend using public transit or taking the bus from Worcester on June 5 and June 19 hearing. See below for info.
1. Monday June 5 at 1:00 in Room A 1
a. Justice Reinvestment Act, CORI reform, Ending punitive Fines and Fees, Raising the Felony Theft Threshold,Ending Mandatory Minimum Sentences on Drug Convictions etc.
b. Juvenile Justice bills on the Expungement of Juvenile Misdemeanors and Raising the age of those covered under the Juvenile Justice system.
2. Monday June 19 at 1:00 probably in Room A 1 AND Proceeded by 12:00 Rally at place to be determined at the State House
Covers Repeal of long Mandatory Minimum sentences on drug convictions
Covers the Governor’s CSG bill with the limited reforms it calls for
Covers bills on Solitary
STAND IN SOLIDARITY TO SUPPORT CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM WITH EPOCA ON JUNE 5TH. BUSES LEAVING FROM 4 KING ST.WORCESTER,MA.
a. The Good News–This elevates criminal justice reform to being a “must pass” a bill situation given the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker and Chief Justice are behind it.
b. THE CHALLENGE: The bill they file will likely NOT strong enough and focus on probation, parole, and recidivism. It will likely ignore the repeal of long mandatory minimum sentences on non-violent drug offenders etc.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Attend the Rally / Press Conference on December 13 at 10:00.
2. Contact your legislators and/or come to the Jobs Not Jails Lobby Day in January – ask that they co-sponsor the omnibus criminal justice reform bill, The Justice Reinvestment Act, which will include the Jobs Not Jails Priorities. More details to come – filing deadline is Jan 20
3. In March 2017, the coalition will organize six major public action meetings in Boston, Brockton, New Bedford, Worcester, Springfield, Lynn, Lowell to show large-scale public support from major criminal justice reform and engage legislators, mayor, sheriffs, police chiefs.
THANKS to a massive statewide effort, the Senate passed the amendment to change the law to allow a person who served time for a drug offense to be allowed to obtain a driver’s license upon release.
There are few more steps to get it through the Massachusetts State Legislature, and we must sit tight and hope for the best.
We must continue to make our collective voices heard. Attend a Judiciary Committee hearing at the Statehouse Wednesday, May 28, 1 pm, hearing room A-2 on the first floor. The Committee will hear testimony on whether the state will change the law from offering a parole hearing every five years for those sentenced to second-degree life in prison, 15 years to life, to holding a hearing every ten years.
Such a change would take the state backwards and further enmesh the Commonwealth in mass incarceration. We must make our voices heard tomorrow.