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Sen. Chang-Díaz discusses criminal justice reform

Nov 01, 2017

Jim is joined by State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz of Boston, who serves as vice chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, and Dan Conley, the Suffolk County district attorney, to discuss the latest criminal justice reform bill.

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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, who was one of the bills sponsors, said the law is a “mile-marker,” but not an end to an ongoing fight against racism in policing.

Gov. Charlie Baker signed sweeping police reform legislation on Thursday that will create a mandatory certification process for law enforcement and launch the nation’s first civilian-led police oversight board with subpoena power and decertification authority.

Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, a Jamaica Plain Democrat, lamented that many things “over-policed communities pleaded for” are not in the bill, including binding definitions of use of force. But she said there was much for advocates to celebrate.

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