LEGISLATION UPDATE

LEGISLATION UPDATE

OurRJ believes that restorative justice legislation is a critical component of the battle for equity in Massachusetts.  We have therefore been closely tracking senate bill S.2467, which codifies restorative justice as an alternative to traditional juvenile and adult criminal justice practices. Bill S.2467 was approved by the Senate Ways and Means Committee at the end of July.  And, for the first time in a four year effort, a necessary House version of the bill, H.4368 was introduced in the House.  Amendments were offered at the end of the session.  It will be worked on during the fall and then re-filed in January 2017.  We know this signifies increased excitement about restorative justice in the commonwealth and growing support for criminal justice reform both locally and nationally.  We are eager to continue working with our allies in the senate and house to advocate for restorative justice legislation. Head on over to our Legislation page to learn more about the history of restorative justice legislation. And please continue checking our website for updates!