Criminal justice reform

SJC dismisses thousands more drug cases

SJC dismisses thousands more drug cases

Faults chemist Sonja Farak and two assistant AGs

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THOUSANDS MORE drug convictions tied to testing done by criminal chemist Sonja Farak and the former state drug lab in Amherst will be dismissed after the state’s highest court on Thursday ruled the “no other remedy would suffice.” The decision clears all remaining cases for so-called “Farak defendants,” and directs Attorney(...)

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Baker: Dangerousness hearings a priority

Baker: Dangerousness hearings a priority

Governor: Problem is not with judges but the law

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE EXPECTED TO TALK about cancer research and philanthropy, Gov. Charlie Baker instead found himself Tuesday morning trying to earn support from a sports talk radio show for forthcoming legislation dealing with criminal dangerousness. Baker joined Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane in studio on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan” on Tuesday morning as part of(...)

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Course corrections

Course corrections

Dogs, drumming, and beads: Is this really jail?

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MEGHAN MOORE THE HAMPDEN COUNTY SHERIFF’S Pre-release Center in Ludlow looks pretty much like what you’d expect of a minimum security jail—clean but stark. Then, Zadie and Misty, two energetic young hounds bound down the hallway to greet the visitors, ears flapping, tails wagging. As they fill the otherwise institutional space with infectious(...)

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Finding Better Ways to Allocate Limited Public Safety Resources

Finding Better Ways to Allocate Limited Public Safety Resources

Estimating the costs and savings attached to criminal justice reform legislation

Massachusetts’s criminal justice reform legislation is arguably the most wide-ranging and comprehensive in the country, at least as far as progress in a single legislative session goes. However, unlike most states that have pursued comprehensive reform, our legislation was largely crafted without independent technical assistance from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). One of the key(...)

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NFL owners yield to Trump, bottom line

NFL owners yield to Trump, bottom line

New policy states players must stand on the sidelines or remain in locker room during the national anthem

In the end, the megamillionaire NFL owners decided to take a knee. Not a knee of protest or principle, as some of their employees pursued last season, but a knee of supplication. They bowed down to the royal leader, King Donald, hoping their new policy would satisfy his highness’s imperial ragings and lead him to(...)

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NFL owners yield to Trump, bottom line

In the end, the megamillionaire NFL owners decided to take a knee. Not a knee of protest or principle, as some of their employees pursued last season, but a knee of supplication. They bowed down to the royal leader, King Donald, hoping their new policy would satisfy his highness’s imperial ragings and lead him to(...)

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Devin McCourty tackles criminal justice reform

Devin McCourty tackles criminal justice reform

New England Patriots co-captain sits down with CommonWealth magazine to discuss his platform for change

When New England Patriots co-captain Devin McCourty joined the protests first set off by Colin Kaepernick and “took a knee” during the National Anthem last season, he was making a statement about racial justice issues in the country and the treatment of blacks by law enforcement officials. President Trump quickly “hijacked” the issue, McCourty says(...)

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The Codcast: Devin McCourty tackles criminal justice reform

When New England Patriots co-captain Devin McCourty joined the protests first set off by Colin Kaepernick and “took a knee” during the National Anthem last season, he was making a statement about racial justice issues in the country and the treatment of blacks by law enforcement officials. President Trump quickly “hijacked” the issue, McCourty says(...)

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Warren, Brownsberger go at it on criminal justice bill

Warren, Brownsberger go at it on criminal justice bill

Drawing a line in the sand

The sweeping criminal justice bill that Gov. Charlie Baker signed earlier this month received widespread, but not universal, praise as a welcome turn away from the tough-on-crime policies of the 1980s and ‘90s. One notable dissenting voice was that of Setti Warren, the former Newton mayor who is now one of three Democrats vying to(...)

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The Codcast: Warren, Brownsberger go at it on criminal justice bill

The sweeping criminal justice bill that Gov. Charlie Baker signed earlier this month received widespread, but not universal, praise as a welcome turn away from the tough-on-crime policies of the 1980s and ‘90s. One notable dissenting voice was that of Setti Warren, the former Newton mayor who is now one of three Democrats vying to(...)

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