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2017 Access to Justice Conference

Access to Justice through Innovation and Collaboration New Directions and Emerging Opportunities: Exploring Cutting-Edge Developments Moving Us Closer to Our Goal of Justice for All The legal needs of our communities far exceed the legal resources currently available — especially for those unable to afford to hire a private attorney. Many exciting efforts are underway […]

Call Your Representative to Support Amendment 86 – and Help Us Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline!

Action Alert We need your help.  Last week, the omnibus criminal justice reform bill (S.2200) passed the Senate with the provisions we support from H.328/S.876, An Act decriminalizing non-violent and verbal student misconduct. These provisions include: decriminalizing non-violent misconduct in schools by eliminating the crime of disturbing school assembly; and requiring that MOUs between schools and police departments […]

Criminal Justice Reform Bill Passes the Senate and Includes Important Provisions to Protect Vulnerable Youth!

Action Alert You did it! Your tireless efforts have paid off! After intense debate last week, the omnibus criminal justice reform bill (S.2200) passed the Senate! Key provisions we support from H.328/S.876, An Act decriminalizing non-violent and verbal student misconduct were also included in the final Senate bill, which means we are one step closer to dismantling the school-to-prison-pipeline! Specifically, sections 34, […]

Richard Bergin of Alix Partners Joins Massachusetts Appleseed Board

For Immediate Release Boston, MA – Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice welcomed Dr. Richard Bergin, Managing Director for Alix Partners, to its Board of Directors on October 4, 2017. MA Appleseed, a non-profit organization that advocates for systemic reform in areas such as education and access to justice, is pleased to have Dr. Bergin, […]

BREAKING: Amendments to Criminal Justice Reform Bill Would Eliminate Provisions Decriminalizing Non-Violent Student Behavior and Providing Guidance on the Proper Role of SROs!

Action Alert GOOD NEWS! The Senate Ways and Means Committee has released its version of the omnibus criminal justice reform bill (S.2185)! This version of the bill includes key provisions we support from H.328/S.876, An Act decriminalizing non-violent and verbal student misconduct. Section 174 of S2185 would decriminalize non-violent misconduct in schools by eliminating the crime of disturbing school assembly. […]

MA Senate Criminal Justice Reform Bill Includes School Arrest Reforms!

Action Alert Great news! The criminal justice reform bill that was recently released by the Senate (S2170) includes key provisions we support from H.328/S.876, An Act decriminalizing non-violent and verbal student misconduct. These important provisions eliminate the practice of arresting students for minor behavioral infractions and establish standards and accountability for police in schools. This is an issue […]