Action Tool: Support SB 2078: An Act Promoting Restorative Justice! (MA)

Your participation and action is integral to the passage of this important bill!

Help Pass SB 2078!

ACTION TOOL : CLICK HERE to write your Senators and Representatives urging them to support SB-2078! Even if you cannot make the Town Hall, your voice can and will make a difference by taking 2 minutes or less to sign this automated letter!

GO DIRECT TO SUPPORT THE BILL: Write or Call Senator Brewer, Chair of Senate Ways & Means and let him know you urge he and his Committee to approve and move the bill:

Phone: 617-722-1540
Fax: 617-722-1078
Email: [email protected]

PDF COPY OF BILL: S.2078 An Act Promoting RJ Practices Committee Version 5.5.14

PDF COPY OF FACT SHEET & SUPPORTERS : SB 2078 Summary_Supporters_Factsheet


LISTEN TO THE RECAP interview with Erin Freeborn of JCRJD and Jennifer Larson-Sawin of C4RJ

Last year, The Peace Alliance and Restorative Justice on The Rise played a role in supporting a successful passage in Colorado of the Restorative Justice Pilot Project (now law)!Once again, we are working steadfastly to support a similar effort in Massachussetts, with SB-2078: An Act Promoting Restorative Justice Practices. We think providing open platforms for dialogue, education, and community discussion is a key way to make change happen. That’s why we are co-hosting another “Virtual Town Hall” to talk about the bill and the power of restorative justice. We’ll also be doing a “Call to Action” where your participation will have direct affects on helping pass this bill into law.

FEATURED SPEAKERS FROM THE TOWN HALL (Held 6/18/14): Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) (WEBSITE), Middlesex County D.A. Marian Ryan (FULL BIO), Hon. John Cratsley (ret. Superior Court and District Court) & Professor of Law, Harvard University (MORE INFO) and Chief Robert Bongiorno, Bedford Police Department (MORE INFO/BIO). Facilitator/Host for the dialogue: Molly Rowan Leach, Producer, Restorative Justice on The Rise and RJ Fellow, The Peace Alliance.


  • There are higher satisfaction rates for victims vs. to those proceeding through traditional court (89% vs. 57%)
  • Reduced recidivism for offenders (16% vs. 39%)
  • Cost savings is six times that of traditional methods (a University of Massachusetts study in 2012 demonstrated that restorative justice is nearly six times more cost-effective than traditional justice methods).

Thank you for joining us and adding your voice to the dialogue! Don’t forget to sign-up here to let us know you are participating.


The RESTORATIVE JUSTICE COALITION OF MASSACHUSETTS, a state-wide coalition of concerned citizens who practice or support restorative justice in various capacities throughout the Commonwealth.


Communities for Restorative Justice

JCRJD is doing great work in restorative justice

Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion

RJ is on the Rise!

Restorative Justice on The Rise, a public telecast dialogue series Co-Sponsored by The Peace Alliance

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