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Why Sentencing Children As Adults Is A Bad Idea

As tight-knit Danvers mourns the tragic death of Colleen Ritzer, the 24-year-old math teacher found dead last week near Danvers High School, there’s some concern […]

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Are Massachusetts Prisons Becoming the New Asylums?

Prisons are designed to keep those convicted of a crime locked within secure walls—not to take the place of mental-health facilities. But over the past […]

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And Still We Rise: A Theater Company with a Mission

And Still We Rise, a theater company comprised of actors who have been impacted by the criminal justice system, has a way of weaving personal […]

Arts & Entertainment

It’s Not OITNB, But ‘Upper Bunkies Unite’ Goes Inside the Same Prison

Are you experiencing withdrawal from the hit series Orange is the New Black? Maybe you’ll find some solace from Andrea James’s very readable and often […]

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Scenes from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Over the weekend, some 250 residents from Boston, Worcester, and Providence descended on Washington, D.C., to join tens of thousands of people nationwide for the […]

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Local Nonprofit Lands Major Grants for Prisoner Re-Entry

Since 1978, Span, Inc., a small Boston nonprofit has helped more than 8,000 prisoners rebuild their lives. Now, after earning nearly $2 million in grants this […]

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Sen. James Eldridge Goes to Washington

Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton) was the only lawmaker in the U.S. who answered the presidential challenge to be an “Open Government and Civic Hacking” champion […]

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This New Venture Gets Homeless People Back To Work

For homeless men and women with a history of incarceration who want to break away from government handouts, there’s CarryON, a new business that employs […]

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Why Solitary Confinement is Bad Policy for Prisoners

Massachusetts is again No. 1 or No. 2, depending on your point of view. Massachusetts is one of only two states—the other is Arkansas—that allow […]

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Why Massachusetts’ Parole System Requires Reform

Two years ago, Deval Patrick set out to save our parole system. But he’s only made it worse.

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When Is a Juvenile No Longer a Juvenile?

When it comes to incarceration, Massachusetts has recognized 17 as the age of adulthood since 1846. Of course, anyone who has a 17-year-old might question […]

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What You Need to Know About Changing Lives Through Literature

As Massachusetts begins the process of giving the most notorious Boston gangster his due, most of us aren’t thinking about the kind of lawbreakers who […]

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Are Drug-Sniffing Dogs the New Normal?

By now, everyone has heard about the amazing sense of smell of bomb-sniffing dogs, who we saw on the front lines of the Boston Marathon […]

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Another Day, Another Report on Massachusetts’ Botched Prison Policies

MassINC and Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) released a new report on the state of criminal justice health in Massachusetts. The report points out well-worn […]

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Many Questions Still Unanswered About the Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal

By now, you must have had your head under that proverbial rock if you haven’t heard the words “Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal.” On Dec. 17, […]