"The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School released a policy report today entitled: “Three Strikes: The Wrong Way to Justice.” The report describes the likely long-term impact of the state adopting the proposed changes to the Habitual Offender Law contained in Senate Bill 2080 and House Bill 3818.
Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Executive Director and Founder of the Houston Institute, stated: “This report makes clear that, if enacted, the proposed changes will cost state taxpayers millions of dollars by needlessly locking up too many low-level offenders for too long a time, and depriving the state of funds it desperately needs for education, infrastructure, and jobs. It will further burden our severely overcrowded prisons, and risk the safety of employees and prisoners. Our communities of color will suffer the most from these changes. Other states recognize that “tough on crime” is not working, and it is time that Massachusetts adopts a more balanced approach to public safety.”
The report highlights the most problematic sections of the bills, estimates likely financial costs to taxpayers, and their almost certain disparate racial impact. It concludes with a recommendation for a “better” approach to improving community safety by investing in proven strategies to reduce violence and crime, and by undertaking a data-driven Justice Reinvestment project aimed at safely reducing the state’s prison population over time."
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT DAVID HARRIS, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE HOUSTON INSTITUTE AT 617-495-8285.
The Charles Hamilton Institute for Race and Justice
The Center for Church and Prison, Inc. website: http://www.churchandprison.org/
Strategic National Conference on Mass Incarceration and Reentry
October 18th-20th, 2012
Boston University Law School
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." Other speakers will also present.
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The Center for Church and Prison, Inc.
Mailing address: 516 Warren Street. Dorchester, MA 02121
MARY'S COMMENTS: Americans object to mass incarceration. We are aware of the tremendous financial burden of mass incarceration, which erodes funds for health, education and the general welfare of communities. Americans also understand that prisons compete with other industries for jobs. A million inmates work up to 72 hours a week on jobs that were removed from "free" people. So-called "tough on crime" laws are simply too tough on the nation's economy and unfairly tough minorities and working class whites. No thanks, prison investors. America has had enough of your "three strikes" laws that make slave plantations and nursing homes out of correctional institutions across the nation. No more playing sports games with people's lives and Americans' dwindling resources. For three or four decades, the world has watched prison profiteering spread like an airborne disease throughout the USA where 2.3 million people are incarcerated. The greed is outrageous. A recent study showed that 5,000 to 10,000 people are wrongly convicted every year. Many other people are excessively sentenced at a substantial cost to taxpayers. Roughly 1.25 million mentally ill Americans are imprisoned rather than being treated in hospitals or their communities, according to their offenses and functionality. We the People object. Invest in something humane for a change. EVERY JUDGE, PROSECUTOR, AND LAWMAKER SHOULD BE FORCED TO REVEAL HIS/HER STOCK PORTFOLIO, especially those in Massachusetts. Better yet, lawmakers should divest of corporate stock or resign from public service. No man can serve two masters, according to the Word of God.
Massachusetts lawmakers are addicted to mass incarceration. We did not forget that in 2009, Massachusetts planned to intern citizens in concentration camps for not taking the swine flu vaccine. Thank God that pharmaceutical scheme was exposed in time to stop millions of Americans and world citizens from being vaccinated with God knows what! Under the terms of the Martial Law bill Massachusetts passed in October 2009, a fine of up to $1,000 per day was to be assessed against each person who refused to take the H1N1 vaccine. That guaranteed the working class would have no choice but to surrender their bodies to the State or go to FEMA camps. See the video about the threat to intern Massachusetts residents in FEMA camps who could not or would not pay lawmakers to remain vaccination-free at this YouTube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBEDszBaguc - Please, Americans, demand to see your justice officials' and lawmakers' investment portfolios and tell them to divest of prison stock or resign from their positions. Stop the prison profiteering pandemic.
I am thankful that more Christians are getting involved in the struggle to contain America's prison profiteering pandemic. More information about the Center for Church and Prison is at their website: http://www.churchandprison.org/