“Joy and emotion” — and relief, no doubt — among reform supporters out there:
Boston – Hundreds of supporters gathered at the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted in favor of an historic Criminal Justice Reform measure. As the final tally came in, and the bill passed by a vote of 138 to 17, supporters and advocates expressed joy and emotion at the victory.today to watch as the
The Senate passed its version in November, and it was even hoped that the House might move forward on it back then. Better late than never. The Gov's going to sign the final bill.
If you live out in the 'burbs, it's hard to underestimate what a big deal this is to urban, lower-income minority neighborhoods. For these folks, this is about breaking a cycle of crime-poverty-crime among their own neighbors. And the top cops even agree — their cover probably cinched the deal.
One can very easily demagogue this issue; and it will be, starting now, very likely in the Governor's race. It's easy to mischaracterize as “soft on crime, even when it's likely to prevent crime and save money in the criminal justice system.
We'll see if Baker and Cahill take the bait. They've taken all the rest of it …