Massachusetts federal and state courts have been on the leading edge of a
national re-entry movement which represents a paradigmatic shift away from the
conventional notions that permeate our adversarial criminal justice
system. Our federal and state courts have created court run programs
specifically tailored to reduce recidivism rates and to address the particular
needs of offenders, including drug or alcohol dependence, job training, and
education. Rather than relying on partisan arguments, these programs
encourage probation officers, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and judges to work
together in an effort to curb criminal activity and afford participants the best
opportunity to acquire life skills and to take control of their lives.
Join the jurists and the former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Office of
the Commissioner of Probation who developed, and continue to spearhead, these
programs and learn about the inner workings of the individual programs along
with the potential for future growth of these specialized court programs.