February 16, 2017

From 90.9 WBUR: 

Just days before a long-awaited review of the Massachusetts criminal justice system is set to be released, several Democratic state senators on Thursday detailed their policy proposals for criminal justice reform, which they say will be a major priority this legislative session.

Legislative leaders commissioned the Council of State Governments Justice Center to analyze the state’s criminal justice system as it pertains to incarceration, recidivism and supervision. The final report is due out on Tuesday.

Thursday’s briefing included Democrats who have all worked on a broad array of reform measures, and are looking beyond the center’s proposals.

“The criminal justice system from the front end to the back end is broken,” said Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston). “It’s broken in cost in the big picture numbers in terms of the fact that we are locking up five times as many people as we did in Massachusetts in the 1970s.”

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