State House News Service quoted BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella's statement on the sweeping criminal justice reform bill signed into law in their recent report. The law changes Massachusetts' system for handling sexual assault evidence kids, among other reforms.
Excerpt: "The full system of response to and care of people who have experienced a sexual assault includes the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, rape crisis centers, Children's Advocacy Centers, the Boston and state crime labs, and police and prosecutors offices. The system has historically been under-funded and we risk undermining the intent of these much-needed reforms if we do not also provide additional funding to additional resources to get this work done."
Read the full story, "Criminal justice reform comes with a price tag," online at the Sentinel & Enterprise.