[act-ma] JP Forum on 3 Strikes Law, FRI Jan 27

Marguerite Rosenthal margueriterosenthal at gmail.com
Mon Jan 23 12:22:55 PST 2012

Criminal Injustice:  The High Cost of 3-Strikes Laws in Massachusetts.
 Friday, January 27th, 7-9 PM @ First Church of Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot
St, Boston, MA.  A panel discussion on the potential repercussions of
the 3-Strike law for MA, featuring Representative Liz Malia;  Jamahrl
Crawford of Occupy the Hood Boston and editor,the Blackstonian;
Harvard Law Professor and former US District Court Justice Nancy
Gertner. Moderator: Ben Thompson, Executive Director of the Criminal
Justice Policy Coalition.

Mass. is  confining 300 percent more prisoners than in 1983, and has
severe prison overcrowding.It is already one of the 6 states in the
country with the most prisoners confined for life. Each prisoner
spending 40 years in prison costs the Commonwealth about $1,500,000.
Proposed  mandatory sentencing provisions would indeed confine
dangerous, violent criminals,  but would also sweep large numbers of
non-violent offenders into very long confinements, which would
disproportionately impact poor minorities in the inner city and lead
to tens of millions of dollars in additional state prison

Link to the 1/27 Forum:  http://jamaicaplainforum.org/

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