Lives at Stake: A Dozen Local Groups Sponsor a Conversation on Mass Incarceration

A dozen local groups are sponsoring a forum in Jamaica Plain to discuss mass incarceration in Massachusetts. The forum is open to the public and will be held Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 633 Centre St. See event detail here.

The event, hosted by the JP Progressives, brings together lawmakers, advocates and activists to discuss the efforts in Massachusetts to correct the mistakes of “tough on crime” legislation that have runited countless lives while wasting taxpayer dollars.

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A discussion panel will include JP’s Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, and Conan Harris, Boston deputy director of public safety initiatives, among others. The keynote speaker will be Rahsaan Hall, director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program.

The program will include questions from the audience, as well as a discussion of what actions JP community members should take to promote sensible criminal justice reform in the commonwealth.

Event cosponsors include: Black Lives Matter Boston, Boston Mobilization, Bromley Heath Tenant Organization, Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, The Jamaica Plain Forum, JPNDC, Mass Campaign for Jobs Not Jails, Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice, Progressive WRox/Roz, and End Mass Incarceration Together of Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network