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Executive Director Fundraising ASK

Help improve criminal justice policy in Massachusetts

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CJPC wants to fund a full-time Executive Director Position. We are funded through grants and the generous contributions of our supporters. We are asking our supporters to step up and help us achieve this goal.


Franklin Baxley has been our part-time executive director for almost one year. He is a valuable asset who is unable to give his full potential. He is tremendously dedicated.


Though only working part-time, he keeps our organization running:


·        He performs all the administrative tasks (including attending monthly board meetings and managing our finances)

·        He publishes our one-of-a-kind weekly newsletter of criminal justice events across the Commonwealth (and reaches over 1500 people a week)

·        He manages volunteers who answer our voluminous, prison correspondence

·        He attends monthly meetings for SOPRI (Sex Offender Policy Reform Initiative) and CEPS (Coalition for Effective Public Safety)

·        He has represented CJPC at various conference, often addressing the attendees and participating in panels

o   Invited to teach a criminal justice class for the day at Attleboro High School

o   Represented us at Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington for their  conference, “Politics of Justice: Comprehensives Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts” and Young Abolitionist Conference in Bristol, MA

o   Panelist at the National Education Association Conference

·        He has organized multiple movie screenings including “The Untouchables” and “13th”


Working full time, he would be able to:


·       Make the phone calls and respond to e-mails that now go unanswered

·        Attend key criminal justice events that he must now turn down because of time constraints

·        Translate our policy goals into impactful action, such as drafting legislation, meeting with our elected officials, and educating the public about realities of our criminal justice system

·        Make the meaningful connections that have made CJPC so successful in the past

·        Supervise interns and volunteers who provide support to address our vast needs

·        Plan the educational events CJPC has historically organized



CJPC presently is involved in three major policy initiatives, all of which require time and attention (the Bail Fund, SOPRI, and the effort to abolish Life Without Parole). There is much more the Board wants to do but we recognize the limitations on Franklin’s time and how spread thin he already is.


As a formerly incarcerated, returning citizen, Franklin appreciates the opportunities CJPC has given him and what it allows him to give back:

“Working for CJPC is an opportunity for me to do something I can be proud of, making a positive contribution to society—something I have not had since my arrest.”

“The work that we do involves helping the less fortunate, recognizing there are inequalities in our society that should be addressed. I take pride that I am a part of that reform.”

In addition to working part-time as CJPC, Franklin works in construction:

“You feel like you are not able to do your best at either one. I worry that things are going to slip through the cracks. It is also exhausting.”

What would it mean to be able to work full time?

“I would be able to give my all, grow the organization, in a way not possible part-time. It would also be great to be able to have economic stability and to feel more confident in my ability to pay my bills.”


In our current political climate, we need a strong voice in support of progressive policies, evidence-based policies that will improve our communities, and community based grassroots resources / movements to stand firm against regressive and hostile political initiatives.


CJPC remains committed to being such a voice and to effectuate these goals, we must have a full time ED.

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Anonymous
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Donald Mars
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Keep up the good work. Thank you.

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StAy safe always.

Anonymous
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Until our justice system is reformed, there will be little progress on the issue of racism and white supremacy that mass incarceration represents. Jails continued slavery in the south after the civil war!

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