Year Published: 2015

Author: Erika Kates, Ph.D.

In 2013, the MWJN identified the inequities experienced by women in pretrial detention in Massachusetts as one of its two action-platform priorities. Since then, members have worked with advocacy groups, legislators, policymakers, and administrators to create greater awareness of alternatives to money bail and pretrial detention.

Consequently, the MWJN welcomes pending legislation on pretrial reform, particularly the fact that Senate docket #S 4111 mentions women: "The Commissioner (of Corrections) may, upon approval of the Commissioner of Probation, place female prisoners held for trial in a community corrections program."

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