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Criminal justice reform likely in Mass., but how far will it go?

    June 5, 2017 From The Boston Globe: Most everyone agrees that this is the year to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system. But sharp divisions remain over how far the changes should go. Governor Charlie Baker and top lawmakers have said they want to give prisoners more opportunities to earn early release by … >More


DeLeo: Options exist to close budget gap

May 31, 2017 From The Lowell Sun:  LOWELL — With just about two months left until the end of the fiscal year, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said a number of options are under active consideration to reduce a budget deficit that’s approaching a half- billion dollars. DeLeo spoke to The Sun in Lowell Tuesday after touring UTEC, … >More


UTEC Program draws praise from The Boston Foundation

    May 27, 2017 From The Lowell Sun: BOSTON — One municipal official called UTEC’s mattress-recycling program “a godsend.” A facilities manager described it as “tremendous.” A state official called the Lowell organization’s work to prevent youth recidivism while also offering social benefits “incredible.” Members of UTEC traveled to The Boston Foundation on Thursday … >More


A 15-year-old father changed his life so his son could have a better one

  May 15, 2017 From The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley: Through coaching and workforce development, organizations like UTEC Lowell are empowering youth to better their lives and never give up. As a young man, Victor knew he was not making the right choices – hanging out with a bad crowd, getting … >More


Major Windfall for nonprofits

    May 9, 2017 From the Lowell Sun: LOWELL — Local nonprofits Girls Inc. and UTEC will each receive substantial funding every year for the next decade as part of a new grant award, creating a degree of financial stability that will allow them to focus on long-term plans for the community The Lowell … >More


Kronos commits to 3-year grant to assist UTEC

April 4, 2017 From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL — Members of the Kronos GiveIn- spired team visited UTEC to present a grant award to UTEC’s young people and staff. Kronos made a three- year commitment to UTEC Mattress Recycling, the social enterprise where all UTEC young adults begin their work experience. “This relationship is about … >More


Big ‘snaps’ to Lowell’s leadership

      March 13, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  It was recently reported that Crime in Lowell fell by 10 percent in 2016 compared to the prior year. In fact, Cheif Justice Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court praised the efforts of local officials for such continued decrease in gang and criminal activity … >More


The Secret to this Social enterprise’s Success Springs from Old Mattresses

    February 24, 2017From 90.0 WBUR:  The drafty riverside warehouse in Lawrence looks like a scene out of the Hans Christian Andersen fable “The Princess and the Pea” — the place is stacked nearly floor to ceiling with mattresses.“There’s, I believe, around 700 mattresses on our floor right now, and we have more coming … >More


Democratic Mass. Senators Lay Out Bevy of Criminal Justice Proposals

February 16, 2017From 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 … >More