Ahead of tomorrow's #mapoli hearing on bill S.2030, "An Act Establishing a Jail and Prison Construction Moratorium," I'm sharing the website for an effort I'm helping with re: a proposal for a new women's prison in Massachusetts. #nonewwomensprison

It is true that MCI Framingham is in a miserable state and is not fit for habitation - agreed! But the construction of a new prison is not the answer, no matter how "trauma-informed" the design.
Instead, we could work harder to reduce the use of pretrial detention...
.. and reduce probation and parole revocations.
Many women at MCI-Framingham are past the age where recidivism is likely and are eligible for some form of clemency, compassionate release or release on community supervision.
Instead of spending $50,000,000 on a new prison and over $100,000 per incarcerated woman per year, I would love to see Massachusetts be a leader in criminal justice reform and devote resources to helping women achieve safety and good health *in their communities.*
And here's that website URL one more time if you'd like more information:


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Michael Cox of @BlackAndPinkMA (I think - sorry if that's the wrong tag!) and now Cynthia Goldberg of @CJPC_Boston speaking now.

"Somebody once asked me what prison smells like and I said it smells like despair. It smells like people screaming, it smells like unhealthy food... They will remember the sound of the keys, the sound of the shackles.." Cynthia Goldberg @CJPC_Boston
"The heat was broken once -- it wasn't off, it was ON in 90-degree weather. Everything I had in my canteen melted. ... You go in there with trauma, and now you're stripped and cavity-searched. That only exacerbates it."
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