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    Black community aims to block 3-strikes bill

    Members of Boston’s black community will launch a major drive in suburban churches across Massachusetts today in an effort to block a three-strikes crime bill they say will exacerbate inmate overcrowding, increase prison costs, and disproportionately affect minorities.

    The African-American opponents of the bill are hoping to enlist faith communities, including the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and the Jewish Community Relations Council, in the effort.

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