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2014’s Criminal Justice Victories

by Peter Wagner, December 24, 2014

2014 was a year of big victories for the Prison Policy Initiative. We published some insightful new reports, reshaped the criminal justice reform debate through the press, and won a prestigious award, but most importantly our campaigns took some very big steps forward and in some cases we took those victories all the way to major policy changes.

Here are some of the biggest wins in our campaigns this year:

On prison gerrymandering

On telephone justice

Sentencing enhancement zones

  • The effort to reform Connecticut’s extreme 1,500 sentencing enhancement zone didn’t pass the full legislature, but Aleks Kajstura’s report was very helping in getting the bill out of a committee for the very first time.

Massachusetts

  • Helped by Leah Sakala’s report about the state’s practice of automatically suspending the driver’s licenses of people convicted of drug offenses unrelated to driving, a reform bill passed out of committee in both chambers. We’re feeling good about our chances for next year.
  • Governor Patrick signed legislation making Massachusetts the 21st state to end the inhumane practice of routinely shackling incarcerated mothers who are pregnant or giving birth.

Thank you for helping us do all of this work. Here’s to an even more successful 2015!

For more on these and other victories, be sure to see our most recent annual report.

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