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.”
- 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
- Contact your State Representatives and tell them you support S.777:
- *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:
Additional Information Links:
- The bill page on the Massachusetts Legislature Page
- A full list of criminal justice bills scheduled for today
- Further reading on criminal justice reform in Massachusetts from the Justice Center: “A Tipping Point for Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts”
- Further reading on the drug war and social justice from Nature: “Viewing addiction as a brain disease promotes social injustice”
- For a full list of all the reforms this bill would enact, visit our Google Doc overview on S777.