ACTION ITEM: Criminal Justice Action: S.777, “An Act to reduce the criminalization of poverty”


Deadline: *TODAY*

 

This afternoon, Monday June 5th, the Joint Committee of the Judiciary will be holding a hearing on the criminal justice reform Bill S.777 “An Act to reduce the criminalization of poverty”.

Bill sponsor Senator Brownsberger sums up the purpose of this bill in a post on his blog:

“The criminal justice system often makes it unreasonably difficult for people to recover from mistakes whether small or large.  This is especially true for people of limited means — the system often drags people deeper in by exacting unaffordable fees and fines and by creating civil disabilities that prevent people from working.”

 

*ACTION*

  1. Due to the immediacy of the hearing, call the Judiciary Committee contact numbers to let them know you support S.777:
  • Senate Committee Contact Number: 617-722-1280
  • House Committee Contact Number: 617-722-2396

 

  1. Contact your State Representatives and tell them you support S.777:

 

  1. *Bonus Action*

Email the Committee Members and your State Representatives with written testimony and/or a personal story in support of S.777.

Here are the email addresses for the Members of the Judiciary Committee, including Bill sponsor Senator Brownsberger:

william.Brownsberger@masenate.gov

sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov

patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov

john.Keenan@masenate.gov

cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov

richard.Ross@masenate.gov

claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov

james.Cantwell@mahouse.gov

colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov

carole.Fiola@mahouse.gov

daniel.Hunt@mahouse.gov

michael.Day@mahouse.gov

rady.Mom@mahouse.gov

paul.Tucker@mahouse.gov

bud.Williams@mahouse.gov

sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov

james.Lyons@mahouse.gov

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