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The incarceration rate in MA has tripled since the 1980’s, now on par with Kazakhstan. Our prisons are filled with those suffering from drug addiction or trauma, serving long sentences that ignore the underlying problem. We have been working on this issue for years, including winning a Drug Court in Brockton in 2014. We’re currently working with the Jobs Not Jails coalition on statewide legislation, working in local communities on police acco...

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Over the past nine months, my life has changed. Back in January, I showed up at the wrong time for Choir rehearsal at Zion Baptist, but showed up at the right time for God to guide my path toward what I now feel called to do. Entering church, I was greeted by Rev. Kirk Byron Jones, who was meeting with Rabbi Margie about ECCO’s emergent Beloved Community campaign for racial justice and had just told her she should contact me! Since then, commun...

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This weekend, our leaders prayed and rallied at the Suffolk County jail, and 25 Catholic leaders visited the Pope in Philadelphia. Check out the live posts from Philadelphia on our twitter, and pictures from Friday’s prison protest vigil on our facebook page. On Friday, our leaders rallied at the Suffolk County House of Correction jail to connect the issue of our work of the Jobs Not Jails campaign to the Pope’s prison visit in Philade...

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  Yesterday the House voted to repeal many of the fees and license suspension time regarding regaining driver’s licenses for ex-prisoners. This is good news, but because the bill was changed before passing, it was significantly weakened. The bill will go to a House-Senate Conference Committee to negotiate the differences in the two versions of the bill passed. We will be in touch about what you can say to legislators to support a final...