MA Criminal Justice Reform
Script for emails or calls to your Senator (not Rep.) to support S.2170
I am writing to support the Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Bill S.2170 and to ask you to vote in favor of this bill, without any amendments that would weaken it.
Although I do not feel the bill goes far enough, particularly with regard to solitary confinement and bail reform (I support the elimination of cash bail since we do not appear to have a failure to appear problem in Massachusetts), I do feel that this effort to reform our criminal justice system is long overdue. I am grateful for the amount of work that went into the Senate omnibus bill, which would:
+ Reduce fees, fines, and other collateral consequences that trap people in a cycle of poverty and recidivism
+ Repeal mandatory minimums for lower-level drug offenses
+ Raise the age for being tried as an adult to 19, with a mechanism to consider raising it to 20 or 21 in the future
+ Promote the use of restorative justice;
+ Expand eligibility for diversion to drug treatment;
+ Implement the SJC ruling that bail must be affordable;
+ Raise the felony larceny threshold from $250 to $1,500, in keeping with other states;
+ Allow records to be sealed after 3 years for misdemeanors and 7 years for felonies
+ Restrict the use of solitary confinement and improve its conditions. I would like to see these provisions strengthened further.
The Senate vote will happen in the next couple weeks. Please vote in favor of this historic bill.
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