#LoveJustice: A Statewide Call-in Day
Step 1: Find Your State Representative
Go to https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator and find your State Representative.
Step 2: Call your Representative and ask to speak to a legislative aid
Hi, my name is __________. I am a constituent of Representative ________ and I live in (city).
I am calling to ask the Representative to contact the criminal justice conference committee and ask them to:
Adopt the Senate’s proposal reducing school-based arrests by ensuring schools and police set guidelines on school discipline and arrest (Senate bill). Too many Massachusetts students – disproportionately students of color and those with disabilities. – are being handcuffed, booked, and sent to court for minor misbehavior that was once handled by schools and parents.
And to adopt the Senate’s proposal creating a very limited exception to criminal prosecution for close-in-age adolescents who engage in consensual sexual activity (in sections 224 and 232 of the Senate bill), to come into line with a majority of states to recognize the reality that young people have sexual contact with one another and criminalizing that contact and subjecting young people to arrest, incarceration or a lifetime on a sex offender registry is not the best way to respond to it.
Do you think the Representative would support these bills?
Thank you for taking the time to talk with me about these bills.
Step 3: Follow up
Please contact CfJJ if you need help answering any questions legislative staff may have.