Could it be that Massachusetts is making the move from “tough on crime” to “smart on crime”? Not quite yet, according to a recent report
“Crime, Cost, and Consequences: Is It Time to Get Smart on Crime” published by Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) and MassInc. We were pleased to read this 40 page report, produced by two institutions well-regarded for their public policy work. That’s because the report reinforces what the BBA and the organization now know as CRJ discovered during the course of a study
in 1991 — that Massachusetts’ criminal justice policies are unduly harsh and fail to improve public safety.