Mass. nearly halved its incarceration rate in 10 years, report finds

BOSTON GLOBE: Massachusetts has nearly halved its incarceration rate over the past decade, progress that researchers of a new report say was fueled by landmark criminal justice reform legislation introduced by the state in 2018.

The report from MassINC and Boston Indicators, a research team at the Boston Foundation, comes as the state announced the upcoming closure of MCI-Concord, the state’s oldest men’s prison currently operating at 50 percent capacity. Advocates said that was a signal the reform was having an impact.

“What we’re seeing in the big picture is incarceration is going down, and crime is going down,” said Gregg Croteau, chief executive officer of UTEC, a young adult violence intervention nonprofit. “We’re on the right path.”