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Even while other states reconsider harsh policies, Mass. plans more prisons

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YVONNE ABRAHAM’S clarion call for a rational approach to justice policy in Massachusetts will hopefully serve as a wake-up call to legislators and their constituents (“Correcting corrections,’’ Metro, April 5). Although she described how Texas scrapped a $540 million prison construction plan in favor of a $240 million investment in alternative sentencing and treatment programs, she neglected to mention the $550 million bond bill, quietly passed in Massachusetts in 2008, to build a prison for aging and dying prisoners and more jails for women. Or, to remind readers that one or more Massachusetts prisons are slated for closing even while others are under construction.

The question remains, will the state’s leadership have the courage to fund policies and programs that create healthy communities, or will they continue to bow to the interest groups that profit from punishment and keep us unsafe?

Nancy W. Ahmadifar

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