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.

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Take Action In the Last Remaining Days
The Legislature will meet this Saturday and Sunday, marking the last formal sessions of the 2015-2016 session. These bills passed the Senate and are pending in the House so calls to your state representatives asking them to ask Speaker DeLeo to schedule these bills for a vote duri...
Your action needed: State Budget
Time sensitive: we need YOU to take action on the state budget to ensure successful reentry for folks returning from jails and prisons. Act now!
UPDATE: It passed the Senate at $500,000 instead of $2 million. Not all that we wanted, but a first step. We'll put another alert in early June when the House and Senate have to rectify their budgets with one another. Senate Budget Amendment S761 is in limbo right now, and we need to make it move. The amendment would allocate $2 million to fund jobs and job training for formerly incarcerated people and court involved youth. The Senate bundled amendments into 3 piles: Yes, No and Held. The good news is it didn't go to the No pile; it's in the held pile. Please contact your Senators and Senate Leadership and also have your members call to let them know how important this amendment is for formerly incarcerated people and court involved youth to have access to jobs and job training.
Call Your Senator To Support S761 NOW!
Call on your Senator to support $ for job training for folks returning from incarceration as well as finding jobs for court-involved youth. #JobsNotJails
JNJ Lobby Day May 25!
Join the Jobs Not Jails coalition as we take the Statehouse by storm to push to raise the felony larceny threshold. Massachusetts has the 3rd lowest felony threshold. That must change for #cjreform to happen.
RMV License Reinstatement Information for Persons with Prior Drug Convictions
We passed the RMV bill! Now here are the nuts and bolts of how to reinstate your license.
Recap on May 7 Gathering
Unable to attend the May 7 Jobs Not Jails community gathering? Read up on what we did, and how you can get involved. #JobsNotJails
Raise the Felony Threshold
The Massachusetts legislative session ends July 31, 2016. There's still time to enact criminal justice reform this session. If you are convicted of larceny of items over $250, it is a felony here in Massachusetts. The present $250 threshold is unjust because it captures many low level offenses and makes felons of countless people. Any felony carries a heavy stigma, creates barriers to jobs, and contributes to reliance on public assistance. There also is a 10 year waiting period to seal criminal records for low level offenses because they are classified as felonies. Increasing the threshold to $1500 would help many young people and numerous others who are trapped in poverty and unemployment for what were actually low level offenses. Massachusetts is an outlier with an outdated $250 threshold enacted in 1987. Every state in the U.S. has a higher amount except New Jersey ($200) and Virginia ($200). It's time to raise the felony threshold.
Save CORI reform
We need your help to stop the courts from putting criminal records online which will have the effect of gutting the benefits of sealing CORI records. We are also asking them to halt the current practice of putting housing records online. Comments are due Wednesday, May 4.
Join Us May 7th
Join us May 7th to take stock of our accomplishments and how to create even more #cjreform!
Victory with the RMV Bill!
Governor signs bill to repeal fines and suspensions of driver's licenses for ex-prisoners; Jobs NOT Jails Coalition recognized
Raise the Felony Larceny Threshold!
A bill to update the Felony Larceny Threshold has been passed out of committee and is now in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Let's get this bill passed by contacting the legislators in charge to let them know that we need this change!
Talking Points to Get RMV Bill Passed!
The RMV collateral sanctions bill is now in Conference Committee to hash out the details between the House and Senate versions. We support the Senate version. Let's make sure our representatives know that!
RMV Collateral Sanctions Campaign URGENT ACTION ALERT
PLEASE CALL, WRITE LETTERS TO AND ARRANGE MEETINGS WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS: Ask them to support the Senate Version of the Bill to Repeal the Driver’s License Suspension Law (Senate 2021)!
House Votes to Repeal Driver’s License Suspension
Yesterday (1/6/16), the House voted unanimously to pass our bill to End Collateral Sanctions at the RMV, but there is still work to be done.
On September 24, 2015, the Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to pass our bill, An Act Relative to Motor Vehicle Suspension, now known as S2021. Now, the Massachusetts House must act to pass it's sister, H3039. The vote will be tomorrow, January 6th at 1 p.m.
Make Your Voice Heard - Sentencing Commission 11/18/15
State House Day of Action Sentencing Commission Hearing Wednesday November 18, 2015 10:30 a.m. Room # tba
Rising to the Challenge: Sustainable Security for All on November 21
November 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall
Monday, November 2, 2015 2PM – 4PM Great Hall, State House
A World Turned Upside Down: Strategies for Lasting Criminal Justice Reform 11/1/2015
Sunday, November 1, 2 - 3pm Theodore Parker Church 1859 Centre Street West Roxbury, MA 02132
Vigil at South Bay Correctional Facility 9/25/15
Friday, September 25, 2015 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Suffolk County House of Correction 20 Bradston Street, Boston
Save the Date: 10/6/2015
Jobs NOT Jails Public Forum in Worcester
Does your legislator support the Justice Reinvestment Act?
The Justice Reinvestment Act (S.64/H.1429) will be heard by the Massachusetts Legislature on October 14th and we want your legislators to know how important it is to you to end mass incarceration and change our criminal justice system by re-investing in our communities through job and educational opportunity. The Justice Reinvestment Act will only get passed with your help!
June 27th “Jobs Not Jails” Direct Action Training!
Learn more about the actions being taken for the Summer of Solidarity.
Summer of Solidarity Action
Check out this video at the Quincy Court House of volunteers speaking out for the Summer of Solidarity.
Rally Against Mass Incarceration on August 13th
As a part of Jobs Not Jails' Summer of Solidarity, we will be marching from the Forest Hills T stop at 1:00 pm to the nearby courthouse to show our support for those incarcerated in the U.S.
Save the Date! Wednesday October 14th
Jobs NOT Jails Justice Reinvestment Act - Joint Judiciary Committee Hearing
Training! Saturday June 27th
The Jobs Not Jails Movement Needs YOU! Join us for a training on Saturday, June 27th at 1:00-4:00 p.m. Freedom House, Dorchester
Up-to-date Fact Sheet
Now that the Bill has assigned Bill numbers, we wanted everyone to have an up-to-date version of the fact sheet.
Save the Date: June 9th
Justice Reinvestment Act Public Hearing
New England Regional Conversation
New England Regional Conversation to Discuss National Collaboration on Criminal Justice Issues
April 14th Activities: Advocacy Day & Fight for $15
April 14th will be a busy day - we hope to see you at one or all of these events!
Justice Reinvestment Act in the News
Rosenberg sees opioid crisis as path to sentencing reform
April 14th Activities: Advocacy Day & Fight for $15
April 14th will be a busy day - we hope to see you at one or both of these events!
A ROAD MAP TOWARDS JUSTICE: How to End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts March 14th
Come learn about the bills related to mass incarceration and prison reform that we hope will become law in the next two years and how you can help make our criminal justice system more fair and effective.
A ROAD MAP TOWARDS JUSTICE: How to End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts Saturday, March 14, 1-4:
Come learn about the bills related to mass incarceration and prison reform that might become law in the next two years and how you can help make our criminal justice system more fair and effective.
March Criminal Justice Reform Events in MA
This month we have an exciting series of events occurring across the state.
March Criminal Justice Reform Events in MA
This month we have an exciting series of events occurring across the state.
Commonwealth Conversations: Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform
Massachusetts State Senators are holding listening sessions across the state to hear from constituents and bring "Beacon Hill to you".
February Call to Action!
Come to the Youth Jobs Coalition and Jobs Not Jails for the Youth Jobs Rally on Thursday, February 19 at 11:00am!
Notes from January 2015 Jobs Not Jails Reconvening
In the afternoon of January 31, 2015, Jobs Not Jails gathered in Freedom House in Roxbury to create a vision statement, get a legislative update on their Justice Reinvestment bill and talk with We Are The Ones, which is a group that has emerged out of the recent Black Lives Matter movement.
Next Jobs NOT Jails Statewide Coalition Meeting
Justice Reinvestment
An Act to Increase Neighborhood Safety and Opportunity
Speaker Series at FUSN
Tuesday, January 13, 7-9pm at First Unitarian Society in Newton 1326 Washington Street, Newton MA 02465
Notes from December 2014 Jobs Not Jails Reconvening
Continuing from the September 2014 meeting, Jobs Not Jails continued to envision a decarcerated future in Massachusetts.
Jobs NOT Jails Statewide Coalition Meeting 1/31/15
Freedom House 5 Crawford Street Dorchester, MA 02121 2-4 p.m.
Next Jobs NOT Jails Statewide Meeting: Saturday, December 6th 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Freedom House 5 Crawford Street Dorchester, MA 02121
EPOCA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration: New Start Time
Celebrate 10 years of working to end Mass Incarceration while building leaders in our communities!
Jobs NOT Jails General Meeting 9/27/14
Come and plan our next steps!
Before You Vote Tomorrow
Read FAMM's Voter Guide
URGENT - Calling All Members, Friends and Family!
Call Us with Your Parole Board Experiences!
You’re Invited: One to One Gala & Open House 8/27/14
Come and Learn a Great Tool for Community Organizing!
Rally with Us - Not One More Deportation! 6/11/2014
Not One More Deportation! Rally When: Wednesday, June 11th from 2:00PM Where: Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St, Worcester, MA Join us in solidarity
#WAGEACTION June 12 4-6 pm
In Solidarity: Low Wage Worker Day of Action #wageaction Thursday June 12 4-6 p.m.
Our RMV Bill is on the Move!
Ending the Drug War at the RMV
Scenes from the State House April 30th Action
See the State House "wrapped" with Jobs NOT Jails petitions bearing 46,643 signatures!
Want to End Mass Incarceration? Call Your Legislators on April 30th!!
Today volunteers from the Jobs NOT Jails Coalition will wrap 150 yards of "safety orange" fabric around the State House, with 46,643 Jobs NOT Jails petition signatures attached. We'll also deliver copies of Michelle Alexander's 'The New Jim Crow' to every legislator.
Jobs NOT Jails Rally Photos
Check out these photos of the rally by our friends at center for Community Change
Please sign our Jobs NOT Jails Rally Pledge Form
Will you be there? Let us know!
Upcoming Boston Area Jobs NOT Jails Events
Don't miss an event near you!
April Events to End Mass Incarceration!
Check out this busy calendar for an event near you!
Jobs Not Jails Forum Thursday, April 3, 2014 Jamaica Plain
First Church of Jamaica Plain 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 7:00pm
Interview with EPOCA's Cassandra Bensahih on Mass Law Radio
Listen here and share it!
Mass Law Radio's Jobs Not Jails interview with EPOCA's own Cassandra Bensahih will air tomorrow
Friday, March 7 on WCUW 91.3 FM in Worcester and online at
Media Coverage of Springfield Rally in support of ‘Jobs Not Jails’ 3/5/2014
Springfield folks did a great job getting coverage of Jobs Not Jails yesterday!
Endorse Jobs NOT Jails!
There are many ways you can help build the movement!
Local Jobs NOT Jails Coalition Meetings:
Find a Coalition Meeting Near You!
Springfield rally in support of 'Jobs Not Jails' scheduled for Tuesday in Mason Square
SPRINGFIELD — Local groups plan to voice their support Tuesday for a statewide coalition pushing to redirect prison spending toward job creation, training and support for Massachusetts' lowest-income communities.
March Mini-calendar of Events Related to Mass Incarceration
Lots to do this coming March!
Upcoming Public Forum on Criminal Justice with Gubernatorial Candidates 3/13/2014
Find out where the new candidates for Governor of Massachusetts stand on criminal justice policy issues - and show them how important this is to us!
Reform, Re-entry and Results: Change and Progress in the Massachusetts Criminal Justice System
Governor Patrick is going to be addressing issues related to mass incarceration and public opinion: Next Thursday, February 20, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at UMass Boston’s Campus Center. This will be a tightly controlled event, with little or no opportunity for public comment - but we need to demonstrate that when our political leaders address issues of Mass Incarceration, PEOPLE SHOW UP! Please see below for further information.
The Jobs NOT Jails Campaign Website is Here!
We are pleased to announce a new on-line tool for everyone interested in the Jobs NOT Jails Campaign: