Molly Baldwin

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Stories by Molly Baldwin

Criminal justice bill can be game changer for young adults

Criminal justice bill can be game changer for young adults

We can reduce recidivism and costs while improving public safety

THE COMMONWEALTH’S criminal justice reform efforts offer a unique opportunity to achieve a triple impact: improve public safety, reduce public spending on crime prevention, and redefine futures for our highest-risk young adults. In Massachusetts, young adults ages 18-24 represent the largest percentage of individuals incarcerated. They also represent the highest rates of recidivism: 51 percent(...)

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Building a developmentally appropriate justice system

Building a developmentally appropriate justice system

It’s time for innovation in addressing needs of young adults

YOUNG PEOPLE between the ages of 18 and 24 fill up America’s prisons and return behind bars faster than anyone else. This troubling reality is not taken lightly in Massachusetts, one of the first states to implement policy innovations for this age group. The Commonwealth’s promising steps are well grounded in science regarding young adult(...)

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Advice to the Governor: Criminal justice overhaul is overdue

Advice to the Governor: Criminal justice overhaul is overdue

Our system costs too much and delivers too little in reducing recidivism

Click here for more advice for the governor Massachusetts’s criminal justice system is big, broken, and expensive. Our prisons are overcrowded and our young people continue to do harm to themselves and each other at an alarming rate. The time has come to fix our justice system. Fixing it won’t be easy, but it is(...)

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