WORCESTER, MA—Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. offered his support for a criminal justice reform package that was approved by the State Legislature on Wednesday.
According to an announcement from Early’s office, several provisions in the bill have been championed by Early for years, including expanding diversion programs for people charged with lesser crimes in district court, changes to address the opioid epidemic, increasing the effectiveness of school resource officers, as well as CORI and bail reforms.
“This bill is a great step in criminal justice reform,” Early said in a statement. “It is the product of a lot hard work by legislators and advocates for reform. My fellow DAs and I met with the legislative leadership six times in addition to testifying at six Judiciary Committee hearings from June of last year through the end of January this year.”