Massachusetts Upcoming Events


Massachusetts has many organizations that work on criminal justice issues.  We are happy to post your announcements and events here.  If your group has an event coming up, please send your information to FAMM’s Massachusetts Project Director, Barb Dougan, at

PLEASE NOTE: Unless specifically noted, FAMM does not endorse any of the events listed. If you have questions, please contact the event organizers listed in the announcement. We also reserve the right to decline to post an announcement.  In addition, you can find a more comprehensive list of Massachusetts events on the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition’s website


Massachusetts Sentencing Commission public hearing – FAMM and many other organizations will testify on the need to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for drugs, and other sentencing-related issues.  Please join us!

Time: 9:30 to 12:30, then 1 to 4 p.m.

Location:  Gardner Auditorium, State House

Sponsor:  Massachusetts Sentencing Commission



“Solitary Voices” – This new documentary on the use of solitary confinement in Massachusetts was created by Prisoners’ Legal Services.  The panel discussion after the film will include former prisoners, the film maker and advocates for reform. NOTE: As part of a nationwide effort to abolish solitary confinement, the Coalition for Effective Public Safety (CEPS) is sponsoring events on the 23rd of every month, signifying the 23+ hours/day a prisoner can spend in solitary confinement.

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Classroom 2036

Sponsor: Coalition for Effective Public Safety (CEPS) and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School