Program on Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts  

Program on Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts

Thursday, April 6, 2017 7:30 PM   -   9:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room

On February 21, state leaders unveiled a long-awaited criminal justice reform report with recommendations aimed at reducing the revolving door at many of Massachusetts’ jails and prisons. The report was commissioned by Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Gants, Senate President Rosenberg, and House Speaker DeLeo. Now the hard work begins.

The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) is organizing meetings with legislators across its network of churches, synagogues, and mosques to promote meaningful criminal justice reform. This evening, Temple Isaiah will host a program which will be attended by Senators Donnelly and Barrett, and Representative Kaufman. (Representatives Stanley, Garballey, and Gordon have been invited to come, but their response is pending).

Last December, Temple Isaiah launched our racial justice initiative. Criminal justice reform is part of our initiative, because mass incarceration has had vastly disproportionate effect on people of color and their communities.

GBIO is focusing on four priority reform areas: repeal of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, pretrial and bail reform, reduction/elimination of fees and fines, and shortening of length of time spent in solitary confinement. The goal of this event is to convince our legislators that their constituents want criminal justice reform in 2017.

Please join us.