On January 2, 2019, when District Attorneys across Massachusetts began a new term in office, we launched our First 100 Days Court Watch Project in Suffolk County to hold the District Attorney’s Office accountable for reducing pre-trial detention and addressing racial disparities—promises District Attorney Rachael Rollins boldly campaigned on.
Beginning on inauguration day, trained volunteers will be in court every day monitoring how these campaign promises are being carried out and how the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office is complying with recently passed criminal justice reform. We recognize that the transition will take time and transformation doesn’t happen overnight. We're aiming for transparency in documenting the pace of change and engaging community in the transformation process.
We’ll be in court to celebrate reform successes, support our neighbors, and maintain a public record on progress. In addition to posting a weekly digest right here, we’ll post specific case examples on twitter (@CourtWatchMA). Follow along at #First100Days!
Court Watch MA is a community project with the goal of shifting the power dynamics in our courtrooms by exposing the decisions judges and prosecutors make about neighbors every day.