On Tuesday, July 20th, our staff attorney delivered oral testimony supporting S.2030, An Act establishing a jail and prison construction moratorium, to the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. This legislation was conceived by the Building Up People Not Prisons Coalition, a coalition anchored by formerly incarcerated and directly affected women from Families for Justice as Healing as part of a campaign to end the incarceration of women and girls in the Commonwealth. On Friday, August 6th, we submitted written testimony as a follow-up on the oral testimony. We believe the proposed jail and prison construction moratorium is a crucial intervention for three reasons: (1) resetting spending priorities, (2) reducing racial disparities and fighting systemic racism, and (3) transparency and democratic oversight.
Read our testimony: