……Still I Rise! Join us for a Community Recognition and Affirmation Dinner. Friday, January 29, 2016 – 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm Wesley United Methodist Church, 741 State Street, Springfield, MA Springfield, Holyoke and surrounding communities! We’re canvassing our neighborhoods for community nominations of men and women to honor for their struggle and […]
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Using risk-based assessments, we could improve justice, lower crime, and save taxpayers money
“Perhaps more than in any other policy area, states across the US are taking the lead to reimagine, refine, and reinvest in their criminal justice systems long in need of reform. They are doing so through promoting evidenced-based practices and rewarding cost-effective solutions, setting a model for smart policy-making in an era of big data […]
The US spends $80,000,000 a year on prisons; divided by our current population of 318.9 million means it cost each man, woman and child $250.86 a year to support this racist, broken and inhuman system.
Project: Operation Change presents a film screening of Parole: High Risks, High Stakes! We hope you can join us!! We will screen Episode 5 of an 8-part documentary by producer Joe Berlinger, which features Project: Operation Change founder and local activist Donald Perry. The film examines the changing face of parole in Massachusetts and Connecticut, […]
This MSN/AP article speaks volumes about the aptitudes of people this country has funneled into the corrections system.
Presenter Mel Motel will lead a conversation about mass incarceration and the connections between today’s prison system and the U.S. slavery, racism and labor exploitation. Together we will consider ideas for positive change.
A “Drug Lab” is a place where chemist test samples submitted by police departments to see if they contain controlled substances” according to Criminal Defense Lawyer Luke Ryan. The Amherst Drug Lab tested samples seized by police departments in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. In order to convict someone of possessing or distributing a controlled substance, the government […]
Yes, innocent people get convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, and many are convicted on shoddy evidence. That’s the case regarding the Amherst drug lab scandal, where Sonja Farak admitted to tampering with the drug evidence. We have a chance to undo some of these harms, but only if we spread the word. The following […]
By Rosie McMahan My friend Donald wears an ankle bracelet. I’ve not seen it. He keeps it hidden because he is not proud of it; having to wear it, a source of constant humiliation and social stigma. The origin of the term ‘bracelet’ is from the Greek ‘brachile’ meaning ‘of the arm’. The history of bracelets […]