Parole Review For All

Who We Are
The Parole Review for All Committee is a project of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition Inc.

The CJPC was founded in 1996 as a voice for Massachusetts citizen activists focusing on criminal justice matters. CJPC is a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving humane and effective criminal policies in Massachusetts.

At the May 23, 2003 annual members’ meeting, a policy opposing life without parole was adopted:

"The Board of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, after several years’ consideration, is endorsing Life with the Possibility of Parole after 25 Years as the appropriate maximum sentence to be given to those convicted of any crime, including First Degree Murder. Currently the Commonwealth imposes the sentence of Life Without Parole (LWOP) as the maximum sentence for those convicted of First Degree Murder."

The CJPC opposes LWOP as it does the Death Penalty, viewing both sentences as antithetical to a criminal justice policy based on restorative principles.

In 2010, CJPC published an extended document calling into question LWOP as the maximum sentence in the Commonwealth. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court and MA Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) eliminated LWOP sentences for juveniles. As a consequence of these alleviations, the MA General Court, or legislature, passed harsher penalties for those convicted of Second Degree Murder – both juveniles and adults. In addition it expanded the use of natural life sentences through a "Three Strikes" bill.

CJPC decided that a second edition was needed. After its 2016 publication, several MA residents came together to begin pushing for the reforms needed to eliminate life sentences through changes to the Massachusetts General Laws. Subsequent to that, the SJC in September, 2017 weakened the hold of LWOP by narrowing the use of felony murder.

The work to date has been a volunteer effort, with occasional assistance of a project coordinator, and has been entirely funded by its core of committee members. Those wishing to assist are encouraged to visit our Take Action webpage.

Lloyd Fillion is a former board member of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition. Once, he volunteered for the staff of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation (NCARL), and became their lobbyist in Washington, D.C. His study of our criminal justice system began in the 1970s at NCARL, tracking Supreme Court rulings related to capital punishment. His acquaintance with prisons began with numerous arrests for civil disobedience and anti-war protests. Lloyd collaborated with Gordon Haas, President of the Lifers Group at MCI-Norfolk, to publish "Life Without Parole: Reconsidered".

Paul Galofaro resides in Attleboro. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran and a member of the American Legion. Paul has been one of the outside volunteers at MCI Norfolk supporting the American Veterans In Prison group for over 3 years. During his time in service to this group he has observed that many men have done everything they can to improve themselves with the programs available to them over their lengthy time of incarceration through education and emotional and mental health groups. Many would be worthy of an opportunity for parole if given a fair review to re-enter society.

Nathaniel Harrison and his wife returned to the United States in 2014 following his retirement from the French news agency, Agence France-Presse, where he had worked as a correspondent and editor for nearly 30 years. Key among his reasons for returning was a desire to join the groundswell against mass incarceration in the United States. While overseas he maintained a connection with several men serving life sentences in Massachusetts. In France, as a prison visitor, he was in contact with men serving short- to-medium sentences in four different French prisons.

Robert Marra assists Cambridge Health Alliance clinical staff and area police with the social service needs of patients recently returning from prison. He is an advisor to and member of Harvard Medicine Indivisible, a group of students, researchers and providers in medicine, nursing, and other allied health fields as well as other Greater Boston residents organizing to protect and improve the health and well-being of all. Bob is working on curricula for people coming out of prison and their family members.

Laurie Taymor-Berry began social and economic justice work as an organizer for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1971. She worked as a Protective Social Worker and Program Development Specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services for over a decade before serving as the Legislative Liaison for Survivors' Inc. a low-income women’s nonprofit for the next twenty years. Currently, Laurie serves on the External Advisory Board of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass, Boston and has been a longtime member of the Boston Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Jon Tetherly is an ordained United Church of Christ minister and the recently retired protestant chaplain of the Hampden Correctional Center in Ludlow. He a board member of Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, and chair of the Hampden County Chapter of MCADP. He also chairs the Actual Justice Task Team of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Jon is a trustee of the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, and frequently gives invocations at labor events. He often visits two people serving life without parole sentences. Jon makes maple syrup for sale and is a track and field official for area high schools and colleges.
Gate West has been a community mental health social worker in Boston and then in private practice in Cambridge for many years. In 2001 she began visiting prisoners and became inspired by the people she met. She became a member of the Cambridge Bail and Legal Defense Fund and the Prison Fellowship Committee, both at the Cambridge Friends Meeting. She has been a Board member of the Boston Committee for Friends and Relatives of Prisoners and the Community Reentry Program, Inc of Boston. She has been doing outreach and advocacy for families of prisoners since 2001.

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