From secret hiring practices to a revolving door of political appointees, the Mass Parole Board is a “black hole,” and “lives are at risk.” In the spring of 2021, Ms. Smith, whose name has been changed for this article, heard from a friend that there was a vacancy on the Massachusetts Parole Board. Board member […]
150-plus Advocates testify about “broken” Mass criminal legal system
“People call saying, “I just can’t bear it.” “The walls are closing in on me; I can’t talk to my family; I’ve lost it.”
Jonathan Best had been out of prison for two years when he ended a rocky relationship with his girlfriend. Like many men and women on parole—a form of early release, in which the remainder of one’s sentence is served in the community—he suffered from depression and anxiety. At the time, Best often had to […]
How is this adding to mass incarceration and what does this mean during a pandemic?