Massachusetts Democrats believe in evidence-based solutions that promote public safety and reduce crime. We believe the foundation of a strong community is a citizenry that is safe. Therefore, we encourage investment in strategies that best support the efforts of law enforcement.

Massachusetts Democrats Support:

  • Preventing gun violence through universal background checks, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and increasing access to mental health services;
  • Community-based policing;
  • Strong victims’ rights;
  • A review of our sentencing laws, particularly for non-violent drug offenders and mandatory minimums;
  • Leveraging technology to drive intelligence-led law enforcement efforts;
  • Strong state laws and enforcement against hate crimes, child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual abuse, and abuse that is directed against people with disabilities;
  • Strong intervention and child abuse prevention programs and services for youth and at-risk individuals;
  • Expanding community-based correctional services;
  • Targeted re-entry programs focused ending the cycle of criminal behavior;
  • Protecting consumers against identity theft and fraud;
  • Addiction prevention and addiction recovery programs;
  • Expanding the juvenile system to include 17 year olds; and
  • Adequately funding state court systems.