OP-ED: Criminal justice reform can be a game-changer

THE COMMONWEALTH’S criminal justice reform efforts offer a unique opportunity to achieve a triple impact: improve public safety, reduce public spending on crime prevention, and redefine futures for our highest-risk young adults.In Massachusetts, young adults ages 18-24 represent the largest percentage of individuals incarcerated. They also represent the highest rates of recidivism: 51 percent of those released from county jails are re-arraigned within one year.

UTEC's Gregg Croteau and Roca's Molly Baldwin co-authored an op-ed for CommonWealth Magazine as the MA Senate began its debate of a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill:

"The Commonwealth's criminal justice reform efforts offer a unique opportunity to achieve a triple impact: improve public safety, reduce public spending on crime prevention, and redefine futures for our highest-risk young adults.

In Massachusetts, young adults ages 18-24 represent the largest percentage of individuals incarcerated. They also represent the highest rates of recidivism: 51 percent of those released from county jails are re-arraigned within one year."

Read the full article at CommonWealth Magazine.