Aron Goldman’s Conference Report on the “Criminal Justice and Gun Control” panel

Despite steeply declining violent crime rates, the prison population and spending on incarceration are increasing at an alarming rate, according to a report released today by MassINC and Community Resources for Justice and covered in today’s Boston Globe.

Attendees of our conference yesterday actually got a sneak peek of the next day’s news: CRJ Executive Director John Larivee previewed the report at yesterday’s Progressive Mass Policy Conference, citing common sense reforms like alternative sentencing, drug courts, and increased re-entry support, and that have shown results in other states. (see John’s presentation, here)

Panelists also included Cassandra Bensahih from EPOCA, who gave a first-hand perspective on the vicious cycle of criminal justice in MA (see photo); and Jake Sullivan, Boston Mayor Menino’s Liaison for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, who explained how two major bills before the US Senate — universal background checks and an assault weapons ban — represent an historic opportunity for gun control.  Today, Mayors from around Massachusetts joined Mayor Menino in demanding a plan.

The message was clear: Let’s stop warehousing people and building prisons, and instead invest in our future.

Thank you to all three panelists and a highly engaged audience. We look forward to seeing these conversations develop among local PM chapters!
Aron Goldman

Find other presentations and information at the 2013 Conference resource page.

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