BOSTON – On April 4, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her legislative colleagues in passing landmark criminal justice reform legislation that will lead to a more equitable system that supports our youngest and most vulnerable residents, reduces recidivism, increases judicial discretion, and enhances public safety. The bill, An Act relative to criminal justice reform, includes many provisions championed by Friedman to implement jail diversion strategies to address the mental health and opioid crisis and to reform the current pre-trial bail system.
“I am incredibly proud of the work we have done to pass this meaningful legislation,” said Senator Friedman. “This bill focuses on diverting people from the criminal justice system rather than locking them up, and provides a real avenue for individuals to reintegrate back into society. Although this comprehensive legislation represents a giant leap forward, we must still continue to look for more ways to create a more just system for all.”