MBA to co-host MassINC's 'Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Policy Summit' tomorrow

Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016
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The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to co-host MassINC's "The Third Annual Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Policy Summit" on Friday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston. Leaders from Massachusetts and beyond are invited to join us for a conversation on the role of cross-agency partnerships. Collaboration is central to nearly every aspect of an effective criminal justice system.

This year's summit focuses on three areas where cross-agency partnerships are particularly critical: serving individuals with behavioral health conditions, integrating information systems to enable data-driven decision-making and facilitating successful reentry.

Keynote speakers are Michael Ashe, sheriff of Hampden County, and Frank Cousins, sheriff of Essex County. Two panel discussions will also be held on "Improving Performance through Cross-Agency Data Sharing" and "Improving Outcomes through Cross-Agency Behavioral Health Partnerships." MBA President Robert W. Harnais will be on hand to introduce one of the panels.

In addition to the policy summit, the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition has partnered with award-winning documentary filmmakers to invite guests to an exclusive advanced screening of "Beyond the Wall," a film following a small community of men released from prison and attempting to rebuild their lives in Lawrence and Lowell. This firsthand view of their struggles offers insights into the challenges ex-offenders face and the support they need from corrections agencies and community-based partners when it's time to come home.