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  • Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Report to Speaker of the House of Representatives Robert DeLeo Committee to Reduce Firearm Violence, February, 2014Massachusetts already has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation. For example, over the last few years the Brady Center ranked Massachusetts 3rd among US states in terms of strength of our gun laws.”
  • report thumbnail Prison Gerrymandering in Massachusetts: How the Census Bureau prison miscount invites phantom constituents to town meeting Prison Policy Initiative, October, 2013
  • Prison Population Trends 2012 Massachusetts Department of Correction, May, 2013“The intent of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of inmate statistics specific to CY2012 as well as trends over the last five to ten years.”
  • Massachusetts Department of Correction - 2012 Gordon Haas, Norfolk Lifers Group, March, 2013“Report compares the MA Department of Corrections's stated goals with current practices and outcomes, making suggestions for improvements to promote rehabilitation and reduce recidivism.”
  • Crime, Cost, and Consequences: Is it Time to Get Smart on Crime? MassInc, Community Resources for Justice, March, 2013“If Massachusetts continues on the current course, the analysis contained in this report suggests the state will spend more than $2 billion over the next decade on corrections policies that produce limited public safety benefit.”
  • Who does the Massachusetts juvenile justice system serve? Citizens for Juvenile Justice, December, 2012“The delinquency charging rates in Barnstable and Hampden counties are 2-3 times higher than some other counties, and roughly twice the statewide average. The charging rates in Bristol and Suffolk Counties are 8 and 6 times the state average.”
  • Three Strikes: The Wrong Way to Justice Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School, June, 2012“By properly limiting the applicability of the habitual offender provisions, Massachusetts will be able to reinvest in its people through education, treatment, training, and community development programs.”
  • Survey of Sentencing Practices FY 2011 Massachusetts Sentencing Commission, May, 2012“For state prison sentences, the median minimum state prison sentence was 36.0 months and the median maximum state prison sentence was 48.0 months.”
  • The Continuing Challenge of CORI Reform Implementing the Groundbreaking 2010 Massachusetts Law The Boston Foundation and The Crime and Justice Institute at CRJ, May, 2012“This report provides information about reactions to whether the implemented elements of the CORI reform law have had the intended impact, and what the public should expect going forward.”
  • Arrested Future The Criminalization of School Discipline in Massachusetts' Three Largest School Districts ACLU of Massachusetts, May, 2012“While there are undoubtedly many reasons why there are more public order arrests in Springfield than in Boston or Worcester, it appears that the manner in which Springfield deploys police officers in its public schools is a contributing factor.”
  • A Report on the Massachusetts Department of Corrections - 2011 Gordon Haas, Chairman, Norfolk Lifers Group, January, 2012“The DOC's organizational culture [...] continues to be driven by a penchant for retribution. As a result, what the DOC accomplishes is merely to warehouse prisoners until they are released to become someone else's concern.”
  • Inmate Fees as a Source of Revenue Source of Challenges Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, July, 2011“[A]dditional fees would increase the number of inmates qualifying as indigent, increase the financial burdens on the inmate and their family, and jeopardize inmates' opportunities for successful reentry.”
  • Exploring Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) for Women in Massachusetts Wellesley Centers for Women, July, 2011“As stated previously, the reason that many women are held in the ATU at MCI-F is because they lacked the financial resources to secure bail set as low as $50.00.”
  • Survey of Sentencing Practices FY 2010 Massachusetts Sentencing Commission, April, 2011“Includes a statistical summary of the last known address of defendants for cities and towns in Massachusetts.”
  • Institution Length of Stay: January 2011 Massachusetts Department of Correction, January, 2011“This research brief provides an overview of the number of days that inmates spend at each facility—the average institution length of stay.”
  • Communities Inmates Released to in 2009 Massachusetts Department of Correction, October, 2010Massachusetts Department of Correction Releases to the Street 2009: Top Ten Release Address (Cities/Towns)”
  • 2009 Annual Report Massachusetts Department of Correction Massachusetts Department of Correction, December, 2009“2009 Releases to the Street from Massachusetts Department of Correction: Top 10 Cities”
  • Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Massachusetts Prison Policy Initiative, October, 2009“Five of Massachusetts' House districts meet federal minimal population requirements only because the state treats prisoners as residents of the district with the prison.”
  • Until They Die A Natural Death Youth Sentenced to Life Without Parole in Massachusetts Children's Law Center of Massachusetts, September, 2009Massachusetts [...] stands apart in giving the adult court exclusive jurisdiction over murder cases against children as young as 14 and then imposing a mandatory life without parole sentence for all first degree murder convictions.”
  • 2008 Court Commitments to the Massachusetts Department of Correction Massachusetts Department of Correction, June, 2009(Inmates were committed for the following categories of offenses during 2008: Drug (31%), Person (30%),)
  • report thumbnail Reaching too far, coming up short: How large sentencing enhancement zones miss the mark Prison Policy Initiative, January, 2009Massachusetts cannot afford to preserve a law that fails to protect children while draining the state coffers and incarcerating Latinos and Blacks at a rate 26 to 30 times as frequently as Whites.”
  • report thumbnail Do you know where the children are? A Report of Massachusetts Youth Unlawfully Held Without Bail Barbara Fedders and Barbara Kaban, September, 2006
  • Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor... A Report on Due Process Issues in the Handling of Immigration Detainees in Massachusetts Detention Working Group - Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, July, 2005
  • Prisoner Reentry in Massachusetts Urban Institute, March, 2005
  • Women In Prison In Massachusetts: Maintaining Family Connections Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, March, 2005

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