Massachusetts RESIDENTS ARE for re-entry community support and rehabilitation Services
>According to the latest public opinion polls on Criminal Justice in Massachusetts over two-thirds want reforms that result in fewer people sent to prison, reversing previous high levels of support for new prisons.
>85 percent support a reform agenda that focused on rehabilitation and reduced the reliance on mandatory minimum sentencing.
>In Massachusetts everyday more than 5,000 men and women are in jail, even though they have not been convicted of a crime. The majority are held for months at a cost of more than $4,000/month only because they don’t have bail often as low as $350.00. This often times leads to people losing their jobs, their homes, and disrupts their family.
>Currently only 2.09% of DOC’S budget on all education, training, and re-entry, and job training. We know that re-entry residents who obtain education and job training have lower recidivism rates than those who don’t access these very important resources that lead to successful re-entry. In the State of Massachusetts we currently spend more on incarceration than we do on public higher education!
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Massachusetts Victim’s Rights
Victim Rights Notification
Please note: The legal options and laws outlined below provide you with general information only. They do not provide specific legal advice to address your specific situation. For personal legal advice in Massachusetts or Multnomah and Washington counties, Oregon please contact us.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, it is normal to feel afraid and unsafe after the assault. Many victims are threatened by the assailant and/or his or her friends following the assault. The VRLC can help address your safety issues in Massachusetts or Multnomah and Washington counties, Oregon in a variety of ways, including:
Representing you to obtain a STAY AWAY or NO TRESPASS ORDER from a housing authority, private landlord or educational institution
Negotiating with employers, housing authorities, and schools to enforce safety measures
Working with you on ongoing SAFETY PLANNING
Representing you to obtain a RESTRAINING ORDER
Restraining orders are pieces of paper issued either by courts or institutions (like a housing authority or university) which order the assailant to stop abusing you and/or stop contacting you. A restraining order is a civil order obtained from the district, superior, probate and family, or juvenile court. However, if the abuser violates that order, then there is a criminal penalty and the police have a right to arrest the abuser. In Massachusetts, you may be eligible for one of two types of orders:
M.G.L. 209A Restraining Order-The 209A Abuse Prevention Order requires some form of abuse from a family, household member, or someone with whom you have a substantial dating relationship.
M.G.L. 258E Restraining Order-The 258E Harassment Prevention Order is available to those who have been the victims of stalking, sexual assault or harassment but do not have a substantial dating relationship with the abuser. There are three different ways to qualify for this type of order:
If you are a victim of three or more acts of harassment that is meant to and does indeed cause fear, intimidation, destruction of or abuse to property.
If you are a victim of one act of forced sexual relations.
Or if you are a victim of a crime that falls within a specific set of crimes as laid out in the 258E statute.
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