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Search for a “Clean Slate” Remains Elusive

The Supreme Judicial Court returned to the issue earlier this month in a case involving a Dorchester District Court judge’s denial of an expungement request by a defendant for two sets of records involving possession of small quantities of marijuana dating back more than 15 years. ...

Elugardo on Running for State Senate, Rent Control, Redistricting of Jamaica Plain and More

Elugardo answered questions from Jamaica Plain News about her candidacy, bills she's sponsored to help incarcerated individuals, redistricting, and more. ...

‘They’re Shut Out of the Market’: The Struggle to Rent With a Criminal Record

Three-quarters of a million New Yorkers have convictions in their history. ‘Fair chance’ laws could change their lives ...

Echoing Green Announces Newest Class of Fellows​

“These extraordinary innovators should inspire us all to harness our own talents and imagination to support transformational efforts for a more equitable world.” ...

ACT UP Boston Charges City With Mass Violations of Human Rights

On Nov. 5, ACT UP Boston, labor leaders, frontline harm reductionists, housing advocates, contingents of students, folks who have been houseless and people who use drugs converged on City Hall for a protest press conference and speak-out. ...

Walking Away From Prisons and Jails in Massachusetts

300+ people took part in a 90-mile march from Springfield to the Massachusetts State Housein September to demand an end to new prison and jail construction. The march and the organizing behind it marks major growth in the movement for prison abolition in Massachusetts. ...

Solitary By Another Name

As states pass new laws to reform solitary confinement, advocates are pushing for this harmful practice to be fully abolished. ...

The Push to Make Phone Calls Free for People Incarcerated in Massachusetts Hits a Critical Moment Tuesday

Massachusetts families spend about $25 million each year on phone calls to incarcerated relatives, a nonprofit advocacy group says. ...

The Long March for No New Prisons and Jails Arrives in Boston

Today, a 90-mile march, the “Long March for No New Prisons and Jails,” ended at the Massachusetts State House with 100 abolitionists and supporters rallying and holding a press conference. ...

Activists Discuss Public Housing Issues in Boston Following State Hearing

Activists and state representatives spoke to and reviewed acts for changes to public housing policy in the Commonwealth during a virtual public hearing Wednesday afternoon. ...

Activists March Against Prison

State moving forward with plan for new women’s prison despite small population ...

A Company That Designs Jails is Spying Activists Who Oppose Them

Documents show HDR, Inc. has monitored groups that oppose its controversial plans to build jails and highways. ...

COVID Froze Prison Visits, Spotlighting High Cost of Phone Calls

It wasn’t until in-person visits were suspended last year that Jennings realized how much it costs for people in jail to talk to those outside: around $5 for a 15-minute call to some local landlines, $9.99 for a 15-minute call to a cellphone. ...

‘Solitary By Another Name’: How Efforts to Reform Solitary Confinement Are Being Derailed by Corrections Departments

Lawmakers and courts have made headway in reforming or ending solitary, but some corrections departments are finding loopholes to perpetuate the practice. ...

Moratorium Bill Could Block Women’s Prison in Norfolk

Recounting stories of trauma and suffering behind bars, dozens of formerly incarcerated Bay Staters, families of inmates and advocates urged lawmakers Tuesday to order a temporary halt on construction of new correctional facilities and redirect resources toward community-based alternatives. ...

Court Backlogs Harm People Awaiting Trial; Fueling Community Solutions as Courts Reopen

COVID-19 postponed trials and closed courthouses across New England, leading to concerns about timely due process as the system reopens. ...

Secretary Fudge Proposes Reinstating 2013’s Discriminatory Effects Rule

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Friday published a proposal to the Federal Register that would rescind the department’s 2020 disparate impact rule and restore the 2013 discriminatory effects rule. ...

A 5-Year Boston Area Housing Study Shows How Housing Stability Is Tied to Health Outcomes

A five-year study by the Boston Foundation makes the case that housing instability threatens the health of low-income Boston area residents. ...

Bristol Sheriff’s Treatment of Detainees is Curbed

A man incarcerated at MCI Norfolk managed to get on the roof of one of the prison buildings Sunday, threatening to jump, according to other prisoners, because he was distraught he wasn't getting medical treatment. ...

MCI Norfolk prisoner Talked Down From Prison Roof

A man incarcerated at MCI Norfolk managed to get on the roof of one of the prison buildings Sunday, threatening to jump, according to other prisoners, because he was distraught he wasn't getting medical treatment. ...

Effort to Bail Out Black Moms From Jail for Mother’s Day Highlighted by COVID-19 Crisis

The effort to bail out Black moms before Mother's Day is more urgent than ever. ...

Downing Opposes New Prison for Women

Says investing in incarceration is opposite of what Mass. needs ...

The U.S. Spends Billions to Lock People Up, But Very Little to Help Them Once They’re Released

The U.S. spends $81 billion a year on mass incarceration, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and that figure might be an underestimate ...

Miquelle West Calls on Biden to Release 100 Incarcerated Women in 100 Days

The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls is calling on President Joe Biden to grant clemency to 100 women in his first 100 days in office. ...

Money Can’t Buy Criminal Justice Reform. But It Can Fuel a Movement

The communities most affected by incarceration and violence are organizing to elect leaders to shrink the punishment bureaucracy and to invest instead in addressing the root causes of harm by investing in safety and health. ...

‘No justice in destroying lives’: Pressley, Bush Call on Biden to Grant Clemency to 100 Women in 100 Days

Democratic Reps. Cori Bush, of Missouri, and Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts, added their voices to an initiative that calls on President Joe Biden to grant 100 women clemency in his first 100 days. ...

Interview: Leslie Credle – Lockdown

Advocate Leslie Credle on the prison lockdown after COVID ...

Mass Keeps Trying to Build a New Women’s Prison Outside of Public View

For more than a year, the Massachusetts Department of Correction has been trying to build a new women’s prison. ...

Women’s Commission Listens To Testimony About Racial Prejudice & Systematic Oppression in MetroWest

Testimony came from women of all ages representing numerous Metrowest communities and advocacy groups. ...

In Massachusetts, Inmates Will Be Among First to Get Vaccine

As prison outbreaks rise, the state has moved inmates forward in the line to receive inoculations. ...

Mass. Department of Correction, Mental Health Among Prisoners Spotlighted After DOJ Report

A bombshell announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office on Tuesday. ...

DOJ: Conditions for Prisoners With Mental Health Issues at Mass. Dept. of Correction Violate Constitution

Conditions for prisoners with mental health issues at the Massachusetts Department of Correction violate the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has found. ...

“You Can Never Get That Time Back”: Solitary Confinement is Devastating for Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children

One of the most well-documented harms of incarceration is the way it tears families apart. More than 2.7 million children in the United States have a currently incarcerated parent, including 11 percent of Black children and 4 percent of Latino children. ...

Confronting Allegations of Racial Profiling in Massachusetts

Charles Hamilton Houston Institute co-authors amicus briefs in landmark Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court cases ...

Senate Candidates Address Evolving Views During Criminal Justice Forum

The issue of incarceration and racial justice in prisons has again become part of national debate following months of protests spurred by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody. ...

In It Together: Stacey Borden and Leslie Credle

The coronavirus has added an element of chaos to every system of our community. For those systems that were complicated, or under-resourced to begin with, the chaos is multiplied. ...

How Zoning Laws Exclude Black Families From Areas of Economic Opportunity

Our global pandemic forced us to grapple with truths we always knew but too often ignored. One of those truths is the direct relationship between one’s housing and one’s health. They are inextricably linked. ...

Despite Harsh Lockdowns, Nearly Half of Women in Massachusetts Prisons Caught the Coronavirus

By mid-June, 85 of the 183 women in MCI Framingham—46 percent—had tested positive for the virus, according to Massachusetts Department of Correction (MDOC) data compiled by the ACLU of Massachusetts. ...

Coronavirus Can Mean a Death Sentence to Prisoners

“There’s a feasible, actionable solution: we need them to be released immediately,” the rally organizers wrote in an online bulletin. ...

During COVID-19 Massachusetts Prisons Are a ‘Death Trap’

As of April 10, Massachusetts has reported the 4th most confirmed cases of COVID-19 of any state in the U.S. As the virus spreads, local organizers are raising concerns about the well-being of the incarcerated population. ...

‘I Don’t Want To Die Here’: One Woman’s Experience With COVID While Incarcerated

As has happened since the start of the pandemic in prisons across the country, a COVID-19 outbreak hit SMCC at the end of January ...