STOP “PAY TO STAY” IN MASSACHUSETTS JAILS- CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATORS ON 5/27/2010


STOP "PAY TO STAY" IN MASSACHUSETTS JAILS- CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATORS ON 5/27/2010

 

STOP “PAY TO STAY” IN MASSACHUSETTS JAILS- CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATORS ON 5/27/2010

Take Action!

 

Dear Colleagues,

Last month the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a budget amendment allowing the state's 14 sheriffs to charge inmates a daily fee of $5 for various services.  The Senate is considering a similar amendment (EP445), and is set to vote on the bill within the coming days.

 

Originally named, the "Inmate Financial Responsibility Program," the policy was created in 2002 by Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson to try and help pay for incarceration costs.  In 2004, a group of inmates filed a lawsuit claiming that the state legislature was the only entity that could create such a law, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has since upheld the lower court's decision in favor of the inmates.

 

This legislation would create undue financial hardship to indigent prisoners and their families; create further collateral consequences for those prisoners attempting to re-enter society; and potentially cost the state more money since the state picks up the costs of basic toiletries if there is no money to take from prisoner's canteen. 

 

On Thursday, May 27, 2010, please join other NACDL members and friends in a write in/call in campaign to the Massachusetts legislature to say no to Senate budget amendment (EP445).

 

We would like all Senators to be contacted, but we are also targeting the following members.  If your Senator is listed, please call and tell them to vote NO on the $5 a day jail fee.

 

Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg, 617-722-1532

Senator James B. Eldridge, 617-722-1120

Senator Patricia D. Jehlen, 617-722-1578

Senator Cynthia Creem, 617-722-1639

Senator Benjamin B. Downing, 617-722-1625

Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly, 617-722-1432

Senator Susan C. Tucker, 617-722-1612

Senator Anthony Petruccelli, 617-722-1634

Senator Sal N. DiDomenico, 617-722-1650

Senator Steven C. Panagiotakos, 617-722-1630

Senator Anthony Petruccelli, 617-722-1634

Senator Sal N. DiDomenico, 617-722-1650

Senator Steven A. Tolman, 617-722-1280

Senator John (Jack) Hart, 617-722-1150

Senator Marian Walsh, 617-722-1348

Senator Joan M. Menard, 617-722-1114

Senator Robert A. O'Leary, 617-722-1570

Senator Michael O. Moore, 617-722-1485

Senator Harriette L. Chandler, 617-722-1544

Senator Jennifer L. Flanagan, 617-722-1230

 

Please Take Action by clicking the link above or by following the instructions below.

 

 

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