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Crime Cost Consequences: Is it Time to get Smart on Crime.

Crime Cost Consequences: Is it Time to get Smart on Crime.

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The report on the rising costs of Massachusetts prison system. Report is issued by MassInc, an independent, non-partisan think tank that focuses on issues of public policy, in conjunction with Community Resources for Justice and the recently formed Criminal Justice Reform Coalition.
The report on the rising costs of Massachusetts prison system. Report is issued by MassInc, an independent, non-partisan think tank that focuses on issues of public policy, in conjunction with Community Resources for Justice and the recently formed Criminal Justice Reform Coalition.

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Crime, Cost, and Consequences:
Is It Time to Get Smart on Crime?
 
ABOUT MASSINC
Massachusetts Institute or a New Commonwealth (MassINC) is a non-partisan think tank and civicorganization ocused on putting the American Dream within the reach o everyone in Massachusetts.MassINC uses three distinct tools — research, journalism, and civic engagement — to ulll its mission,each characterized by accurate data, careul analysis, and unbiased conclusions. MassINC sees its role notas an advocacy organization, but as a new kind o think tank, rigorously non-partisan, whose outcomesare measured by the infuence o its products in helping to guide advocates and civic and policy leaderstoward decisions consistent with MassINC’s mission, and in helping to engage citizens in understandingand seeking to infuence policies that aect their lives.
ABOUT COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR JUSTICE
For more than 130 years, Community Resources or Justice has been improving public saety whilehelping some our society’s most challenged individuals develop their ull potential. We help men andwomen released rom incarceration to successully re-enter mainstream society; we steer at-risk youthaway rom crime and toward productive lives; we oer adults with developmental disabilities the chanceto fourish while living in the community. Our national-scale research and consulting practice acceleratessystem-level changes in corrections policy by using evidence-based practices. Working with our partners,we strengthen individuals, amilies, and communities. More inormation available at www.crj.org.
ABOUT THE MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM COALITION
The Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reorm Coalition, ormed in 2012, is a diverse group o prosecutorsand corrections practitioners, deense lawyers, community organizers, and businessmen and women whond common ground in the need or corrections reorm in Massachusetts. The Coalition co-chairs are:Wayne Budd, ormer US Attorney; Kevin Burke, ormer Secretary o Public Saety; and Max Stern,President o the Massachusetts Association o Criminal Deense Lawyers. The Coalition’s purpose is towork with lawmakers to make major changes in the criminal justice system in Massachusetts, including:
• Placing a moratorium on new prison construction• Reestablishing and empowering the state’s Sentencing Commission• Building a statewide reentry initiative modeled after Boston’s Emergency Reentry program• Redirecting resources from the most costly settings to pre-release and drug programming• Developing clear lines of responsibility for post-release supervision
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
MassINC would like to acknowledge the Shaw Foundation, the Public Welare Foundation, the BostonFoundation, and individual donors or providing generous nancial support to the MassachusettsCriminal Justice Reorm Coalition. We also express our gratitude to Coalition members and others insideand outside o state government, who devoted a considerable amount o their time to review drats o thisreport and provide us with insightul comments.
 
Crime, Cost, and Consequences:
Is It Time to Get Smart on Crime?
Benjamin Forman
ResearchDirector,MassIN
John Larivee
CEO,CommunityResourcesforJustice
March 2013

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