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Who Will Be Your Next Sheriff?

You might not think a sheriff’s important to your life, but guess what? Massachusetts sheriffs are in office for six years, even longer than the […]

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What’s Next for Philip Chism?

This week, Massachusetts mourned anew over the rape and murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. On Friday, friends and family shared their sorrow in victim-impact […]

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Second Chances: Why Massachusetts Needs to Clear Kids’ Records

“How did one of the most progressive states in the country end up being ranked 40 out of 50?” asked Joselande Simon, a member of […]

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A Prison for Parolees?

On June 29, the Transitional Treatment Program (TTP) at Pondville opened its doors to parolees in what the Massachusetts Department of Correction is calling on […]

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Roxbury’s Andrea James Wins Coveted Soros Justice Fellowship

On June 17, the Open Society Foundations announced that it will fund Boston native Andrea James to create a national network of formerly incarcerated women. […]

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Four Takeaways from Bryan Stevenson’s Talk at Harvard

Just Mercy author Bryan Stevenson, who has been called “America’s Mandela” for fighting against racial bias and wrongful convictions on death row, mesmerized his audience at […]

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‘Hidden Faces of Courage’ Offers Audiences a Dose of Reality

“Addiction is the answer to abuse,” says one of the women in the current production of Hidden Faces of Courage taking place at the Cambridge YMCA […]

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Dying While Black and Brown

After the February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, the hashag #blacklivesmatter took hold on Twitter and people took part in protests across the country decrying […]

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What Happens at a Juvenile Lifer Hearing?


Once a month, in an ordinary brick two-story building off Route 9 in Natick, lines of people lock cell phones in their cars, hang their […]

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Will Gregory Diatchenko Get a Second Chance?

“I am here before you today to say that I am truly sorry. … I am no longer the 17-year-old punk kid that I was so […]

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Scenes from the ‘Jobs Not Jails’ Rally on Boston Common

On Saturday afternoon, activists, union organizers, students, religious groups, politicians, former prisoners, and those in recovery rallied on the Boston Common around the same cry […]

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What Will Candidates for Governor Say About Criminal Justice?

If you’ve been following criminal justice issues in the news, you might wonder why anyone would want to be governor of Massachusetts. In just the […]

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We Need a Law to Protect Pregnant Prisoners—and Not Just from Shackling

Michelle Collette was incarcerated at MCI-Framingham in 2004 when her water broke at 3 a.m. In an interview, she said she discovered her pregnancy through […]

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Why Bail Jails Are a Bad Idea

If you knew Massachusetts could save $125 a day per person, increase public safety, reduce overcrowding without building new prisons and jails, and only lock […]

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Criminal Justice Reform Just Might Have a New Champion

Democrat hopeful for Governor Juliette Kayyem does not have all the solutions to overhauling the ailing criminal justice system in Massachusetts, but at least she’s […]