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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
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We passed the RMV bill! Now here are the nuts and bolts of how to reinstate your license.
Update on State Questions 780 & 781 For Criminal Justice reform
Since I last wrote to you, thousands more Oklahomans have pledged their support to get State Questions 780 & 781 on the ballot this November! Oklahomans all across the state from Guthrie to Muskogee to Chickasha have added their names. We’re really close to getting the signatures we need to get criminal justice reform on the ballot, but need your to help get this across the finish line. Forward this email to 5 friends and ask them to commit to sign the petition today. Here’s what you need to tell them:
AR-CURE quarterly newsletter January 2016
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Our quarterly newsletter is sent to our members. The prior newsletter will be posted after we send out the current issue.
Recap on May 7 Gathering
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Unable to attend the May 7 Jobs Not Jails community gathering? Read up on what we did, and how you can get involved. #JobsNotJails
British Newspaper Article on Solitary Confinement in Florida’s Prisons
5/4/2016 article from The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/03/solitary-confinement-mentally-ill-prisoners-florida?CMP=share_btn_fb
New Yorker article on abuse of prisoners at Dade Correctional Institution
This article with full graphics is at http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/02/the-torturing-of-mentally-ill-prisoners
Raise the Felony Threshold
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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.
DOC announment regarding OSR & work release centers
DOC will be moving OSR (Granite) inmates to Sayre.They will be leasing Sayre from CCA. They will then close 15 work release centers and move those inmates to OSR. This will be happening really quickly
Genesis One Potluck Sat. May 7th
Tulsa area Genesis One Potluck will be on Saturday, May7th at Bethany Christian Church, 6730 S. Sheridan Rd. Dinner is at 6:45 p.m. Bring a covered dish. Bring a family member or G1 Grad and hear inspiring testimonies from our G1 Grads and current members. We hope to see you there! For more information, call 918-665-3524.