Engaging marginalized citizens and giving them a sense of community can go a long way to increasing public safety. Click Here for an interesting story about Boston opening a day center for drug users.
Senator William Brownsberger posted this summary and opinion on the Senate's current criminal justice reform. It is worth reading and becoming familiar with how the Senate is approaching it. You can read it here (with links to the text and a summary of the bill).
Criminal Justice Policy Coalition
(CJPC) was created in 1996 in order to bring together those individuals and organizations concerned about the individual and societal repercussions of the increasingly retributive nature of criminal justice policy in Massachusetts.