The House has introduced their Criminal Justice Bill. While it touches most of our priorities, it does not adequately meet them.
We need our reps to support amendments that:
- fully repeal mandatory minimum drug sentences
- eliminate excessive time in solitary confinement
- Reduce fees and fines, particularly Eliminate parole fees and the indigent counsel fee;
Tell your representatives: Be bold. Support comprehensive reforms.
What about bail reform?
In August, just a few months ago, a ruling from the Supreme Judicial Court created new standards ensuring our bail statute would not be applied discriminately against poor people (Brangan v Commonwealth). Initial reports from lawyers defending those cases, coming to the forefront after the release of the Senate bill, indicate those protections are having a positive impact.
These results suggest that legislative action would be premature while the impact of this significant, positive decision is still playing out. In short, we will do more to protect this win by not including it in our legislation.
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