Take Action: Call Your Legislator

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sample script:

My name is __________. I am a constituent of the Representative (or Senator) and I live in (city). I am calling because I want him/her to support juvenile justice reforms that would address racial disparities in our justice system, help young people succeed and reduce recidivism. I ask your support for three bills currently in the Judiciary committee:

  • Reduce crime in our communities by raising the age of criminal majority so that 18-to 20-year-olds are in a more developmentally appropriate, and more effective, juvenile justice system and out of the adult criminal justice system (H.3420 and S.825 in the Judiciary committee)

  • Create reasonable opportunities for young people to move on beyond their past transgressions by expanding eligibility for the expungement of certain court records created before individuals turned 21, by allowing expungement as long as they have not re-offended in the past 3-5 years (H.1386 and S.900 in the Judiciary committee)

  • Massachusetts has some of the worst racial and ethnic disparities in the country but we can do better. Using data allows us to see disparities where they occur and to identify policies or practices to reduce these disparities (H.2141 and S.1386 in the Public Safety Committee)

  • Promote the educational success of students by creating due process protections for students subject to long-term suspension and expulsion of students due to behavior outside of school (H.2141 and S.1386 in the Education committee)

Do you think the Representative/Senator would support these bills? Thank you for taking the time to talk with me about this bill.

Make sure to include your full name and address in your email.