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Legislative Briefing: Reforming Parole and Medical Parole to Enhance Public Safety

September 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The parole system and the medical parole system are both mechanisms that are meant to release people from incarceration and support them in the community when they do not pose a threat to public safety. These systems should ensure that the Commonwealth’s resources are used to promote health, safety, human dignity, rehabilitation, and compassion, but both systems are underutilized and focused on punishment. Please join us for this event to learn more about how these systems can be improved through bills that are currently being considered by the Legislature.

Featured Speakers:

Kristyn Henry ‒ staff attorney, Prisoners’ Legal Services
Patty Garin ‒ criminal defense and civil rights attorney, codirector of Prisoners’ Rights Clinic at Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA
Milton Jones ‒ director of re-entry services at Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Dorchester, MA
Jasmin Borges ‒ formerly incarcerated woman, activist, advocate, organizer for the Massachusetts Bail Fund
Lauren Petit ‒ staff attorney, Prisoners’ Legal Services
Dr. James Hudspeth ‒ physician, Boston Medical Center
Family member of person impacted by medical parole

Featured Bills:

An Act to promote equitable access to parole (S. 1560/H. 2503) Sen. Creem, Rep. Vargas, Rep. Miranda
An Act to reform parole supervision in the interest of justice (S.1600/H.1798) Sen. Jehlen, Rep. Miranda
An Act to remove barriers to medical parole (S.1599/H.2448) Sen. Jehlen, Rep. Domb


September 22, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:
Research Programs Events




Charles Hamilton Houston Institute