Senator Welch $1.8 Million Amendment for Courthouse Approved by Massachusetts State Senate

The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, July 2, 2020, passed a $1.7 billion General Government Bond Bill focused on capital improvements to improve government infrastructure, empower communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system, support early education and care providers with safe reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, and expand equitable access to remote learning opportunities for vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth.

Included in the funding Senator Welch secured for his district is:

$1.5 million to complete a comprehensive study of the physical and societal barriers in accessing justice.

  • This study will evaluate:
    • Access to counsel services;
    • Post-incarceration rehabilitation programs;
    • Job assistance programs for previously incarcerated individuals; and
    • Violence prevention, youth development and education programs.

$325,000 for state of the art environmental testing of the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse and Hampden county juvenile court.

  • Examine the health and safety of the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse and Hampden county juvenile court –  a building which has generated concern in the community as causing illness among its workers and frequent visitors.

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