Boston Herald/Cape Cod Times: Time to soften approach to nonviolent drug crimes

As co-chairmen of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus, we applaud Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants for his powerful call to end mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses. As anyone can tell from the opiate crisis affecting every Massachusetts community, the data are disturbing. Though the number of prisoners […]

Acton Wicked Local: Eldridge Talks Legal Reform

According to Democratic state Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton, it costs about $46,000 per year for each inmate in the Massachusetts prison system and that the system is the third-costliest item in the state budget after health care and education. Eldridge described the Massachusetts prison system as “broken” and reviewed pending legal reform legislation at […]

Sampan: Senator Eldridge, Representative Decker, Senator Downing, Senator Creem, and Children’s HealthWatch hold briefing on expanding the earned income tax credit

BOSTON– Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Representative Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge), Senator Ben Downing (D-Pittsfield), Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), and Children’s HealthWatch, a non-profit based at Boston Medical Center, today hosted a briefing on expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in Massachusetts at the State House. “I am proud to introduce legislation this session that […]

Wicked Local Maynard: State Sen. Jamie Eldridge announces committee assignments in new session

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, was elected as the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services and vice-chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight and Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change by his colleagues, as part of his new committee assignments announced as the Massachusetts Legislature began […]

Wicked Local Acton: State Sen. Jamie Eldridge sworn in for fourth term

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, was sworn in Jan. 7 for his fourth term as state senator of the Middlesex and Worcester District in a formal ceremony held in the Senate Chamber of the State House. The district is comprised of 14 communities, including Acton, Ayer, Boxborough, Harvard, Hudson, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Northborough, Shirley, Southborough, […]

Community Advocate: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys honors State Senator Jamie Eldridge

Region – At its annual meeting Dec. 11, the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA) honored several individuals for their advocacy of elder services and their commitment to raising awareness of legal issues affecting seniors. Massachusetts State Senator James B. “Jamie” Eldridge (D-Acton) was named Legislator of the Year for […]