Friedman testifies on bill to reduce recidivism among emerging adults

BOSTON – On October 8, Senator Cindy F. Friedman testified before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in favor of legislation she filed that would help reduce recidivism among youth. The bill, S.940, would require the adult criminal justice system to adopt developmentally-appropriate, evidence-informed policies to ensure positive outcomes for system-involved young adults. 

By amending the adult justice system to account for the developmental needs of emerging adults, Friedman explained, “the Commonwealth can meet its goals of holding young people accountable while fostering rehabilitation, achieving better youth outcomes, increasing safety and reducing the long-term costs associated with a lifetime of justice involvement.”

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