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 […]

Budget Victory! MA Senate Pushes Through Funding for Homeless Youth!

Action Alert Thank you for standing up and speaking out in defense of homeless youth.  You did it! Thanks to your tireless efforts, the Senate has overridden Governor Baker’s veto of funding for homeless youth! With an overwhelming vote of 35-2, the Senate restored $675,000 for housing and services for unaccompanied youth and young adults.  Months ago, […]

MA Appleseed Joins New Mexico Appleseed to Fight Lunch Shaming

Action Alert What is “lunch shaming?” “Lunch shaming” is a harsh disciplinary practice in which students who cannot pay their school lunch bill or have outstanding debt on their account are punished. Examples of lunch shaming include: Stamping children on the arm with the phrase “I Need Lunch Money” Forcing children to complete chores in […]