Social workers advocate for racial justice, criminal justice reform

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Socials workers from across the state are advocating for 18 bills which would address issues like racial justice, workplace discrimination, and criminal justice reform.  

The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers on Monday held events throughout the statehouse to showcase their legislative priorities. 

“One of the workshops that we’re featuring today is the raise the age, which is raising the juvenile jurisdiction,” Sophie Hansen, Political Director for the Massachusetts social Workers said. 

 The group is advocating for passage of House Bill 1486 which would raise the age a young person can be incarcerated with adults from 18 to 21. 

Social workers are hoping to engage youth in treatment, education, and vocational training so they have more productive options after school.

Monday’s event aimed to inform legislators and social workers on issues concerning communities across the Commonwealth.  

Organizers took that opportunity to share stories of those considered “disenfranchised.”  

Springfield state Representative Carlos Gonzalez, a longtime champion of criminal justice reform is just one of many lawmakers who have supported the group’s legislative agenda. 

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