Nearly 70 Massachusetts civil rights and social justice organizations issue call for criminal justice reform
Led by the Coalition for Effective Public Safety, almost 70 Massachusetts organizations have issued an urgent call for immediate and substantial changes in policies, practices, and procedures for the state's criminal justice system....READ MORE
2016 Year End Letter
Dear Friends of Justice,
It has been an extremely productive and inspiring year for CJPC. Though there is always more to do, we have accomplished much; and we have sowed the seeds for much more to come. In these turbulent times, our resolve to push for more humane and compassionate criminal justice policies is stronger than ever. We know these are priorities for you too...READ MORE
criminal justice meeting
Advocates worried reform bill won’t address sentencing issues (article courtesy of CommonWealth Magazine)
Chanting "JOBS NOT JAIL," advocates for criminal justice reform briefly disrupted the final meeting of a state criminal justice policy commission today, part of a growing chorus of voices expressing concern that state leaders are preparing to put forward legislation that won’t include major changes to sentencing laws...READ MORE
CJPC 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.
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.READ MORE