Tzedek Salon: Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform

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(Courtesy photo)
(Courtesy photo)

Join JALSA for our December Tzedek Salon! We bring young people in their 20s and 30s together with activists and policy experts at local bars to explore the issues facing our society.

This month, we will host a discussion with Rahsaan D. Hall, director of the Racial Justice Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Senate and House recently passed comprehensive criminal justice reform bills, following months of campaigning by grassroots organizations and advocates. Both bills would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for many nonviolent drug crimes but strengthen punishments for distributing fentanyl and carfentanil. The bills also contain provisions about bail, fines and fees, and solitary confinement. Our discussion with Rahsaan will include learning about the impact of this legislation through a racial justice lens.

Rahsaan helps develop the ACLU of Massachusetts’ integrated advocacy approach to address racial justice issues. Through legislative advocacy, litigation and community engagement, the program works on issues that deeply impact communities of color and historically disenfranchised communities.

Prior to joining the ACLU of Massachusetts, Rahsaan was the deputy director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. He also served as an assistant district attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Rahsaan is an ordained reverend in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
903 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02115

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