Mass. releases opioid report: Mothers deserve “specialized care”

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker released the findings of his working group devoted to the opioid epidemic. The report supports alternatives to arrest.  “We are not going to arrest or incarcerate our way out of this,” Attorney General Maura Healy said, according to a Boston Globe report. “Addiction must be treated like any other chronic illness.”…

Pre-trial alternatives: A path to ease incarceration cycle?

I attended a Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators meeting about justice involved women last Wednesday at the State House in Boston. Erika Kates, senior research scientist at Wellesley Centers for Women, and Meghann Perry, a formerly incarcerated woman, were the two main speakers pushing alternatives for criminally-justice involved women. Kates focused her talk on pre-trial alternatives for women.…

Alternatives to … what?

When it comes to other solutions to the ever rising to-incarcerate-or-not debate, Dr. Susan Sered, a sociology professor and researcher from Suffolk University, brings up a good point about using the phrase “alternatives to incarceration.” ATIs are growing in popularity amid the rising consciousness that jails and prisons typically don’t fix the underlying issues that…