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 ulll its mission,each characterized by accurate data, careul 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 aect their lives.
ABOUT COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR JUSTICE
For more than 130 years, Community Resources or Justice has been improving public saety whilehelping some our society’s most challenged individuals develop their ull potential. We help men andwomen released rom incarceration to successully re-enter mainstream society; we steer at-risk youthaway rom crime and toward productive lives; we oer 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 inormation available at www.crj.org.
ABOUT THE MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM COALITION
The Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reorm Coalition, ormed in 2012, is a diverse group o prosecutorsand corrections practitioners, deense lawyers, community organizers, and businessmen and women whond common ground in the need or corrections reorm in Massachusetts. The Coalition co-chairs are:Wayne Budd, ormer US Attorney; Kevin Burke, ormer Secretary o Public Saety; and Max Stern,President o the Massachusetts Association o Criminal Deense 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
MassINC would like to acknowledge the Shaw Foundation, the Public Welare Foundation, the BostonFoundation, and individual donors or providing generous nancial support to the MassachusettsCriminal Justice Reorm 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 drats o thisreport and provide us with insightul comments.