Massachusetts has a blueprint for what's next in criminal justice reform

Posted on AllSides December 24th, 2019
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"I think that we are in a moment now where there is bipartisan support for criminal justice reform, where policymakers really understand that mass incarceration has not increased public safety," one expert said.

During the 1988 presidential race, George H. W. Bush's campaign released an infamous advertisement featuring convicted Massachusetts murderer Willie Horton, who committed heinous crimes while out on a prison furlough program championed by Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, the then-vice president's Democratic rival.

The ad was credited with sinking Dukakis' campaign, stoking racist fears and stereotypes in the...

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