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Major Criminal Justice Reform Bill Clears Mass. Legislature With Little Opposition

With only a whiff of opposition, the Massachusetts legislature on Wednesday passed a broad package of criminal justice system reforms that have languished for years. 

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Eagle Tribune says "Now's the time to invest in civics education"

In an era dominated by standardized testing, preparing teenagers for citizenship in Massachusetts middle and high schools has taken a back seat to core subjects such as English, math and science....

Make civics classes a school priority

You’d expect that in the world’s leading beacon of democracy, an understanding of its government would be a given. But as the attempted hijacking of our political process by the manipulation of...

Bill Pushes Civics as Graduation Requirement

BOSTON — As a student at Lowell High School, Carline Kirksey was frustrated with some of the curriculum. Her social studies classes hardly touched cur- rent events and she knew very little about...

UTEC streetworker honored as ‘savior’ for at-risk teens

Mao Kang knows. That youth falling into the vicious cycle of drug addiction. He knows.That youth surfing from couch-to-couch, wandering from home- less camp-to-camp.

He knows. He was...

UTEC coach wins national award for work with at-risk youth

“I see a lot of myself in [UTEC’s young adults],” said Transitional Coach Tom Sun, profiled in The Sun News...

Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian joins forces with UTEC to assist young offenders

It’s no secret that many young adult offenders find themselves in a vicious cycle. After getting released from jail, there’s a decent chance they’ll re-offend within three years. Middlesex Sheriff...

In Billerica, a cell block for young men holds promise

We're pleased to partner with Middlesex Sheriff's Office and Vera Institute of Justice on a young adult unit in the Middlesex House of Correction. 

"The Middlesex...

Mass. Legislature Poised To Allow Expungement Of Some Juvenile Criminal Records

When juveniles are convicted of crimes in the state of Massachusetts, their criminal records may haunt them long past their punishments, with the potential to hurt job, housing and...

Advocates applaud softening of juvenile justice in bill

Activists are applauding as a step in the right direction a package of juvenile-justice provisions included in a comprehensive Massachusetts Senate proposal to reform the state's criminal-justice...