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.


May 26, 2016 | by Rachel Corey

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.

Info sheet you can pass along to your state Senator’s is attached to this post. Find your state Senator here. You can also call leadership.

The Senate President’s contact info: Stan Rosenberg, 617-722-1500,

The Majority Leader’s contact info: Harriette Chandler, 617-722-1544,

Below is a script for your calls:
Hi my name is______________ and I live in _____________. I am a member of Jobs not Jails.
Is Senator__________________ available? (You will speak to an Aide)
I’m calling today  to ask for your support about Senate Amendment #761, Senator Chang Diaz’s amendment for $2 Million to fund jobs and job training for formerly incarcerated people  and court involved youth. Thank you for your time.
(If calling YOUR Senator ask them to support and ask leadership to support)
(If calling Leadership ask them to bring the amendment to a vote)