Jobs Not Jails

Together, we are building the infrastructure to engage thousands of people in a campaign to stop $2 billion of prison construction, and re-direct those funds into creating good jobs for people in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods.

About Us

We are a rapidly growing statewide coalition of allied organizations and individuals. We are young and old, of many colors and all walks of life. We are joining forces to end Mass Incarceration and create a better future for our communities and for the generations to come.

Since September 2014, we have held regular state-wide meetings each attended by 80-110 people, to strategize and form a collective vision.  At one of these gatherings this winter, 85 people came together and finalized our formal vision statement:

“The Jobs Not Jails movement advances economic and racial justice by ending mass incarceration and ensuring living wage jobs for all.”

In January 2015, we took a big step toward fulfilling that vision, by working with Sen. Chang-Diaz (Boston) and Rep. Mary Keefe (Worcester) to file The Justice Reinvestment Act: An Act to Increase Neighborhood Safety and Opportunity.   This omnibus bill will repeal mandatory minimum drug sentences, reduce certain low-level felonies to misdemeanors, allow compassionate release and end collateral sanctions at the RMV.  The second half of the bill establishes a trust fund with the savings from these improvements – which may total over $100 million a year!  These funds are earmarked for programs to end the total economic marginalization that so many of us face.  These include: job training programs, transitional-job and pre-apprenticeship programs, youth jobs, social enterprises and co-ops, and evidence-based programs that help young people stay in school.

Jobs NOT Jails Ad Hoc Steering Committee:

Black & Pink
Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC)
Boston Workers’ Alliance (BWA)
Carpenters Local Union 107
Carpenters Local Union 108
Coalition for Effective Public Safety (CEPS)
Coalition for Social Justice (CSJ)
Criminal Justice Policy Coalition (CJPC)
Essex County Community Organization (ECCO)
Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA)
Massachusetts Communities Action Network MCAN
Neighbor to Neighbor (N2NMA)
Pioneer Valley Project (PVP)
Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLSMA)
St. Vincent de Paul Society Re-entry Project
Youth Jobs Coalition (YJC)

Participating Organizations

Action for Regional Equity

AIDS Project Worcester

American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

American Friends Service Committee

Arise for Social Justice, Springfield

Arlington Street Church

10-Point Coalition

Black and Pink

Boston Feminists for Liberation (BFL)

Boston Living Center

Boston Workers’ Alliance

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Children’s League of Massachusetts

Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, Fitchburg

Coalition for Effective Public Safety

Coalition for Social Justice, Fall River and New Bedford

Coalition to Fund our Communities

Committee of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners

Committee for Public Counsel Services

Community Labor United

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

Criminal Justice Policy Coalition

Dismas House

Dorchester People for Peace

EPOCA (Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancment)

Families for Justice as Healing

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

First Parish Church of Arlington

First Parish Church of Northborough

Fitchburg Minority Coalition

Harvard Law Students PLAP

Jewish Voice for Peace Boston (JVP)

Lesley College – PAWS

Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy (LYSOA)

Massachusetts CURE

Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery

Massachusetts Women’s Justice Network

Mothers for Justice and Equality

Multicultural Wellness Center

NAACP Youth Council, Boston Chapter

National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter

National Lawyers’ Guild

Neighbor to Neighbor, Holyoke Chapter

Old Cambridge Baptist Church

Pioneer Valley Project

Prison Policy Initiative

Progressive Massachusetts

Prisoners’ Legal Services

Real Cost of Prisons Project

Roxbury Youth Works

St. John Missionary Baptist Church

St. Vincent de Paul Society

SPAN, Inc.

Spontaneous Celebrations – Beantown Society

Straight Ahead Ministries

Teen Empowerment

Teens Leading the Way

Theodore Parker Church Social Action Committee, West Roxbury

Timothy Baptist Church

Toastmasters Prison Volunteers

Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network

United Church of Christ, Innocence Commission Task Force

Worcester Branch, NAACP

Worcester Homeless Action Committee

Worcester Youth Center

Youth Against Mass Incarceration