CJPC Winter 2014 Newsletter


STOP Solitary Efforts in Massachusetts

As part of the Coalition for Public Safety (CEPS), we’ve partnered with The Prisoner Hunger Strike Coalition (PHSS) to bring awareness to and, ultimately, end solitary confinement in Massachusetts prisons.... READ MORE

An Open Letter to Sheriff Koutoujian

The following contains my thoughts on the First Unitarian Society of Newton (FUSN) speaker series where Sheriff Koutoujian discussed his role, progress, and ideas for the future as Sheriff of Middlesex County on July 13th, 2015.

Sheriff Koutoujian,

To begin, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to engage with the people who have questions and concerns about the criminal justice system in Massachusetts. I would also like to thank Nancy Wrenn for putting it all together, and everyone who thoughtfully asked questions and shared opinions to you and the rest of the group. That said, I’d like to say something:


Justice Reinvestment Initiative
Is Not Wholly Good

On Monday, August 4th, Governor Charlie Baker, president of the Massachusetts State senate, Stan Rosenberg, and Chief Justice Ralph Gants of the Supreme Judicial Court jointly announced their request to the US Department of Justice to bring the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) to Massachusetts. ...READ MORE

From Eric Tennen, Board Chair, Criminal Justice Policy Coalition

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Rachel Corey’s departure as Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, effective October 28, 2016. Since early 2014, Rachel has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor as the research assistant for the Executive Session of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management...READ MORE

Take to the Streets Sunday!

Racial Justice

When I learned that the Massachusetts' Black and Latino Caucus was hosting a speak out on racial justice at the Statehouse, I immediately thought of Jabir. I have known Jabir since the beginning of this year, and his insight continues to keep me grounded and drives me to keep up the call for changes to our criminal justice system... READ MORE

Activists Create First-ever
Statewide Campaign to Educate Voters
about Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Races

County sheriffs to be elected for six-year terms this fall.
NORTHAMPTON – The Ad Hoc Coalition To Stop New Jails in Massachusetts has created extensive materials for voters in every county describing the role of sheriffs, county prisons and jails, and candidates for office. READ MORE


Solitary Story Reminds Us
Why We Advocate

By Marigny Nevitt

This summer, one of CJPC’s main initiatives is working with the Coalition for Effective Public Safety to raise awareness of solitary confinement practices in Massachusetts and work for reform. As part of this initiative, during the summer and beyond, we are taking part in the monthly Day of Action on the 23rd of each month. Why the 23rd, you may wonder? Each day, men and women in solitary confinement spend approximately 23 hours locked up in their cell. So, the 23rd is symbolic of those 23, or more, hours locked up in their cell. So, the 23rd is symbolic of those 23, or more, hours.

This month, I was able to partake in the Day of Action by chalking facts and information about solitary confinement in Massachusetts on the sidewalk outside our CJPC office to raise awareness among the public.


The Criminal Justice Policy Coalition Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Renewed Commitment to Reform the Sentence of Life Without Parole

The Criminal Justice Policy Coalition (CJPC) will mark its 20th anniversary on Tuesday, April 26 with an evening highlighting its campaign to eliminate life without parole sentences in Massachusetts, instead arguing for a maximum sentence that mandates parole review after 25 years of incarceration. This policy proposal is outlined in this recently released report.

The event – from 6:15 to 8:00 pm – is free and open to the public and will be held at Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, Massachusetts in Room 200 of the Student Center.