New “incarcerate less” bills filed last week

Massachusetts has a growing group of legislators focused on how the state can incarcerate less of its population. The Boston Globe reported a few days ago about a bill called “Jobs not Jails” that would expand job training and overhaul sentencing laws. It is sponsored by state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Democrat of Boston, and state Representative…

Children of poverty: delayed development

This op-ed by a judge and former parole officer in Georgia is moving. Instead of locking up kids, let’s find ways to address the underlying issues they suffer from, such as poverty, hunger and emotional stress. It seems like common sense. Why aren’t more second chances happening? From the piece: Poor children start school behind the eight…