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FACTS — 43% of Inmates in ESSEX COUNTY Jails have not been convicted of any crime (about 450 people)   On February 16th, ECCO led a criminal justice reform meeting addressing a range of issues affecting Massachusetts on a state-level. This meeting was held in response to the “lack of findings” recorded by the state in a study conducted by the Council on State Governments (CSG). Who solely focused on after prison reform and did not inc...

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Massachusetts Safe Communities Act The Safe Communities Act would protect the civil rights of all state residents by making sure our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrant families or to create a Muslim registry. Summary No state support for Muslim registry. Prohibits access to information in state databases for use in any federal registry program based on national origin, religion or other protected characteri...

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From: Teka Lumumba Nkrumah, ECCO Leader, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Success with the Lynn Police This Monday, I had the honor of attending the Beloved Community campaign with Police Chief Coppinger, along with about 15 of my Lynn-based brothers and sisters and 10 police officers.  At the meeting, we shared our belief that all of us need training to address our unintentional racial biases, and invited the police to attend and help plan...

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Over the last few weeks, the ECCO community has been rocked by the deaths of two young men of color. Sam Dunn, son of E-Team Director Tony Dunn, died while being transported by the Essex County Sherriff’s Department, and Randolph McClain was shot by the Lynn Police. Randy’s mother is a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn and today I will offer prayers as his family and friends bid him farewell. Randy McClain died last Friday mo...