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Pressley reimagines criminal justice with policy platform
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Pressley reimagines criminal justice with policy platform
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and incarceration activist Andrea James discussed the importance of the People’s Justice Guarantee, a response to America’s corrupt justice system.
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Sen. Chang-Diaz sees progress with justice reinvestment bill
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Sen. Chang-Diaz sees progress with justice reinvestment bill
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz is advancing legislation that would reinvest savings stemming from criminal justice reforms back into communities. Her Act to Reinvest Justice and Opportunity in Communities Affected by Incarceration was taken up as an amendment in the State Senate budget, passed May 28.
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Police reform activists celebrate Chauvin verdict
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Police reform activists celebrate Chauvin verdict
Protestors expressed optimism, determination during demonstrations last week.
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Editorial
The return of federal consent decrees
The executive branch will have the authority to investigate police departments that are violating the civil rights of citizens.
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Activists see opening for change at BPD
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Activists see opening for change at BPD
With the revelation that Boston police buried allegations that a former officer and police union head sexually assaulted children for more than 20 years, the city’s police department is facing unprecedented pressure for change.
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Reforms shown to reduce crime
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Reforms shown to reduce crime
New research shows that refusing to prosecute some misdemeanors actually leads to less crime, despite fears that the tactic would increase crime.
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Opinion
Chauvin had many willing accomplices in Floyd slaying
The officers who worked with Chauvin almost certainly were not blind to his actions. As Chauvin’s knee slowly choked the life out of him, other officers either did nothing to assist Floyd, or worse, piled on to subdue a man already lying on the ground near death.
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Pressley seeks criminal justice reforms
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Pressley seeks criminal justice reforms
U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley reintroduced a wide-ranging resolution to overhaul the U.S. criminal-legal system. She first introduced the resolution — called the People’s Justice Guarantee — in November 2019, after consultation with advocates, community groups and people who have experienced incarceration.
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A year that transformed policing in Massachusetts
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A year that transformed policing in Massachusetts
For decades black elected officials and community activists sought reforms to Massachusetts police departments they said discriminated against Black and Latino people by engaging in racial profiling, acts of police brutality and violations of public trust. For decades legislative leaders, mayors and others in positions of power blocked or opposed even incremental reforms.
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Council seeks curbs on cop contracts
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Council seeks curbs on cop contracts
City councilors drilled down the contracts police unions have inked with city officials during a working session last week as part of an ongoing effort to rein in overtime costs and bring more transparency and accountability into the department.
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A turning point for policing in America
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A turning point for policing in America
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts likes to be the national leader of social change. Just setting police standards would be a breakthrough.
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Lawmakers agree on police reform legislation
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Lawmakers agree on police reform legislation
House and Senate members approved a criminal justice reform bill that will create a statewide commission empowered to set standards for the certification of police in Massachusetts investigate allegations of misconduct and decertify officers who have engaged in serious misconduct.
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