Recent Posts on Jobs Not Jails

The Jobs Problem

The United States has been sliding away from a full-employment economy for 40 years, and the pace of that slide is accelerating rapidly.  In particular, low-skill entry-level jobs are being replaced by machines or by people working for poverty wages overseas. In this context, new labor practices such as shift-splitting are becoming the norm. read more »

Goals of the Jobs not Jails Campaign

Goals of the Jobs not Jails Campaign read more »

Context of the Jobs not Jails Campaign

While the JOBS picture is grim for a growing segment of Massachusetts residents, and while the Legislature’s default policy option continues to be to spend more on JAILS, there is a window of opportunity to shift policy-makers’ focus away from prison-construction and toward job-creation.  The following factors contribute to this opportunity: For months, a Special Commission on Criminal Justice has been working to analyze Massachusetts’ criminal justice system from top to bottom, and recommend systemic reforms aimed at lowering recidivism and cost. read more »

Strategy and Tactics

Jobs Not Jails is an umbrella campaign, bringing together a diverse array of people who care about the future of our economy, and about the damage that mass incarceration is doing to our communities.  It is not a legislative strategy.  It pulls together dozens of organizations who are leading separate legislative strategies – for everything from a higher minimum wage to the creation of an innocence commission. read more »

2 Billion for Jobs not Jails

The Patrick Administration has estimated that, if current criminal justice policies are not changed dramatically, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will have to spend $2 billion in the next seven years, to build 10,000 new prison units, as well as $150 million more each year to fill them.  Massachusetts already has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world – on par with French Guiana and Kazakhstan. read more »