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Covid Froze Prison Visits, Spotlighting High Cost Of Phone Calls

Solitary By Another Name’: How Efforts To Reform Solitarty Confinement Are Being Derailed By Correction Departments

Representative Liz Miranda ’02 Brings “joy As Resistance” To Commencement

WE ARE KEEPING FAMILIES CONNECTED

This bill would eliminate the cost of phone and video calls for incarcerated people and their loved ones

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Walking away from prisons and jails in Massachusetts

On October 5, advocates, allies, and directly impacted people gathered in an online meeting to testify…

Solitary by Another Name

In 2018, Massachusetts passed a law that aimed to reform solitary confinement, which was defined as twenty-two hours or more…

The push to make phone calls free for people incarcerated in Massachusetts hits a crucial moment Tuesday

“They’re profiting off of communities of color whose loved ones are incarcerated through commissary, phone calls and…

CJPC
May 2021 Newsletter

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HOMES FOR ALL BILL

This bills disallows any owner, lessee, sublessee, licensed real estate broker, assignee or managing agent of publicly assisted or multiple dwelling may perform a criminal background check on a person applying for a lessee.

SPONSOR: Senator Chang-Diaz | Rep. Liz Miranda

Legistation we support

An Act relative to homes for all

This bills disallows any owner, lessee, sublessee, licensed real estate broker, assignee or managing agent of publicly assisted or multiple dwelling may perform a criminal background check on a person applying for a lessee.

SPONSOR: Senator Chang-Diaz | Rep. Liz Miranda

An Act providing for certificates of rehabilitation, second chances, increased success, and community prosperity

Employers and others quickly disqualify applicants with CORI’s. Bill adds a new chapter 276C to allow courts to give rehabilitation certificates to people with convictions, juvenile cases, and continuances without finding (CWOF’s) to remove most disqualifications for jobs, housing, occupational licenses, or other exclusions imposed by MA laws or regulations. Unlike the sealing law, which only helps those with MA records, people with federal or out-of-state cases are eligible for certificates, as are people incarcerated in MA.

SPONSOR: Rep. Ultrino | Sen. Brownsberger

An Act to Protect the Voting Rights of Eligible Incarcerated People

All citizens who have the right to vote must be able to exercise it. Yet every election, an estimated 750,000 eligible voters nationwide are denied meaningful access to the ballot when they are detained pre-trial, on misdemeanor convictions, or civilly committed. Massachusetts is no exception. This system of jail-based disenfranchisement disproportionately strips political power from Black communities and communities of color that are over-policed or and over-incarcerated.

​Massachusetts must ensure that those disproportionately Black and POC Bay States who maintain the right to vote behind the wall have a meaningful opportunity to exercise it. H.836 and S474 will do exactly that.

SPONSOR: Senator Adam Hinds Rep Chyna Tyler & Rep Liz Miranda

An Act regarding decarceration and COVID-19

This bill appropriately balances public safety needs against the imminent public health threat of COVID-19 and takes important and necessary steps to release people from incarceration so that the virus does not spread quickly in our jails and prisons, and in turn, to staff, families and our health care system

SPONSOR: Rep. Sabadosa

An act to provide criminal justice protections to all prisoners in segregated confinement

The solitary confinement provisions of the CJRA were meant to reduce harm and save lives. An act to provide criminal justice protections to all prisoners in segregated confinement will help the Commonwealth keep the promises it made in the CJRA, we urge you to support this bill.

SPONSOR: Senator Eldridge & Rep. Liz Miranda

Act relative to incarcerated persons telephone calls

This bill would eliminate the cost of phone and video calls for incarcerated people and their loved ones. Led by incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and women with incarcerated loved ones, has led the push to keep families connected in Massachusetts.

SPONSOR: Senator Creem & Rep. Chyna Tyler

An Act Establishing a Jail and Prison CONSTRUCTION Moratorium

  • The bill will prevent jail and prison construction for 5 years to give directly affected communities the opportunity to lead on implementing and sustaining alternatives that address the root causes of incarceration
  • A moratorium on jail and prison construction allows the Commonwealth to reflect on spending priorities, and shift resources where they are most needed
  • This bill will also prevent the expansion or conversion of current facilities to incarcerate even more people while the population of incarcerated people has been steadily declining.
  • The bill will stop the state from building a new women’s prison by 2024 with the intention of incarcerating our daughters and granddaughters and give us an opportunity to decarcerate Framingham state prison.
  • The bill will not stop the state from routine maintenance nor making needed essential repairs to jails and prisons but it will pause excessive spending on renovations when decarceration should be considered first.
SPONSOR: Senator Comerford