Report Seeks Criminal Justice Reform In Massachusetts

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Gov. Charlie Baker (Steven Senne/AP)
Gov. Charlie Baker (Steven Senne/AP)

Massachusetts has the second-lowest per-capita incarceration rate in the nation, but more than half of the people leaving houses of correction and state prisons end up back in court at some point.

Reducing that rate of recidivism is the focus of a new report from the Council of State Governments that aims to reform some aspects of Massachusetts' criminal justice system.

Speaking about the report today, Gov. Charlie Baker said, "Armed with the findings of this report, we are now better equipped to help more folks who've paid their dues get back on the right track. And by working with our partners in the Legislature and the courts, we can continue to improve our criminal justice system going forward."


Katie Mosehauer, project manager for State Initiatives for the Council of State Governments. They tweet @CSGJC.

This segment aired on February 21, 2017.



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