The Boston Globe ran the following editorial in its November 22 edition about Peter Koutoujian, the sheriff of Middlesex County, about the work he is pioneering in one jail in Billerica, Mass.
Early next year, one of the most important criminal justice reform experiments in the country will spread to a stately brick jailhouse in Billerica.
The Middlesex Jail and House of Correction will become one of the first in the nation to create a dedicated, service-rich cell block for young men.
Inmates, ages 18 to 24, will gather in peace circles to talk through conflict. They’ll learn how to budget for rent and transportation. And they’ll get the chance to hold their children during visiting hours.
Jurisdictions in Massachusetts and across the country would be wise to track the unit’s progress, and join in a crucial re-imagining of our criminal justice system.
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