Support A Fairer Criminal Justice System!

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:

  1. fully repeal mandatory minimum drug sentences
  2. eliminate excessive time in solitary confinement
  3. 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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A partnership of GBIO and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston.

Call Your Representatives: Support Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform!

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Phone Script

I'm [your name], I live at [your address] and I am a constituent of [your representative]. I’m calling with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) about our state's criminal justice reform process.

You should support amendments that:

  1. fully repeal mandatory minimum drug sentences
  2. eliminate excessive time in solitary confinement
  3. eliminate parole fees and the indigent counsel fee, and reduce fees and fines throughout the criminal justice system

Finally, we do not want to see legislative changes to our bail statute. The Brangan ruling, which stipulates that bail cannot be set high than one’s ability to pay, has advanced the issue to our satisfaction.

What is [your Rep]'s position on these issues?

Thank you for your time - and again, we urge you to support a comprehensive bill that includes all four of these priorities.

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