On Tuesday, March 4, a contingent of community groups and people in Western Massachusetts came together to announce their endorsement of the Jobs Not Jails campaign and forthcoming rally in Boston. The Jobs Not Jails campaign calls for a halt to the proposed $2.1 billion slated to be spent in the state for 10,000 new prison cells, and instead to be used for creating good jobs for people in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods.
Massachusetts already has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world – on par with French Guiana and Kazakhstan. Other states (including New York, Washington and Texas) have overhauled their criminal justice systems using practices that are proven effective, through reduced their prison populations that they have closed prisons, saving taxpayers billions of dollars. Massachusetts can do the same, by ending practices that are proven ineffective, and implementing the best of what other states have already proven can work.
Tuesday’s press conference reiterated the call for the statewide mobilization to Boston Common on Saturday, April 26th. More details about the campaign, about the criminal justice system and the jobs problem can be found at http://jobsnotjails.org.
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