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Boston Chapter Event: It's 5:00 Somewhere - A Peek into Prisons in America

Friday, January 29, 2021, 5‑6pm EST
Location: Online

What we don't know and would never imagine about prison conditions in Massachusetts. (A Peek into Prisons in America)

Learn more about this important issue and what you might do

This is a pivotal time for criminal justice reform in MA because the US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently completed an investigation into conditions in MA prisons and found many ways in which MA violates prisoners' constitutional protections - to such an extent the Boston Globe described the abuses as “tales of neglect and deprivation and human callousness so disturbing as to be unconscionable in a modern prison setting.” (November 27) 

Per the Globe, the DOJ findings could lead to a consent decree overseen by a federal monitor, as recently happened in Virginia, which would be an important hard won reform.

Cassandra Bensahih, Criminal Justice Reform Leader:

Cassandra Bensahih is a seasoned criminal justice reform leader.  Once incarcerated herself, she has worked tirelessly on prison reform and racial injustice issues.  She leads an organization called Massachusetts Against Solitary Confinement and is a senior organizer with Unitarian Universalist Mass Action. Cassadra's work focuses on End Mass Incarceration and Economic Justice Campaigns.  

In 2009, Cassandra began organizing as a dedicated volunteer at EPOCA and worked to develop her skills as an intern, a member of the Board of Directors, and as apprentice and then rose to the position of Executive Director. Cassandra is a respected leader and frequent speaker on criminal justice reform.  She brings her insight as a woman and mother affected by the criminal justice system.  The relationships she has built in doing this work to improve the devastating effects the current system has on countless people. She is passionate about fighting for social justice and leadership development.

Register by Thursday January 28 by 5 pm.  Zoom will be sent by 9 pm.     

Material from, 07:34:01 January 26, 2021.
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