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Annie's Path

My name is Annie, and I am a woman in recovery, which means as of June 13th, I have not had a drink or a drug in 35 years. Because of my recovery, I have been able to do so many wonderful things. First I was able to raise three children, and I have 9 grandchildren who have never seen me impaired.
I was able to go back to school and get my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. From there, I work in many innovative and life-saving places where Substance Use Disorder was treated and supported. I have always believe that I could not keep my recovery without giving it away, and I would also say that it has been my passion. In or out of my professional settings, I believe it is my responsibility to reach out to those who are seeking recovery and help them onto their journey.
In the last two years, I have had the honor to work here at MOAR as their Regional Coordinator for Central and Western Massachusetts. What a glorious ride this has been. There are so many passionate and committed advocates for recovery across the state, and I have had the privilege to meet and work with a lot of them. Unfortunately the overdose epidemic has brought a lot of us into the fight, but I believe that when the voice of recovery becomes louder than the voice of overdoses, then we will be free.

Thanks for MOAR Laughs!

On Sunday May 28th, we hosted our 8th Annual MOAR Laughs Comedy Show.  With a full house and some hilarious comedians, the night was recovery fun for everyone.  Special thanks to our comedians,  Woody Giessmann from Right Turn, organizer Jack Lynch, Master or Ceremonies Joey Carroll, and the Regent Theater!
Spotlight on Policy:  Educating our Legislators 

Recap of Judiciary Committee Public Hearing on June 19th

MOAR   Recovery Voices  with leadership from our friends  from Jobs Not Jails came out in force ( last week   leave this out )to Speak Out for needed Criminal Justice Reforms.   This is about supporting  opportunities  for rehab and re-entry plus 
promote treatment and recovery to reduce overdose deaths.  

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Representative Mary Keefe, Justice Reinvestment Act lead sponsors, let their leadership be known at the Jobs Not Jails Rally!  Thank you!

Gardner Auditorium was packed for the Judiciary Committee hearing with almost everyone supporting the end of mandatory minimums and other reforms.  Mandatory minimum sentencing takes power away from judges and sometimes results in people with addictions serving long prison sentences instead of getting the treatment they need.
MOAR Recovery Coach Darrell Wright prepares his stirring testimony about incarceration and recovery

Legislators are still making decisions about what reforms will become law.  

Did you Know?
  • There are only 7 countries in the world with a higher incarceration rate than Massachusetts
  • Incarceration rates have increased 263% since 1980 even though crime rates are down 26%
  • Less than 2% of the Department of Correction Budget is spent on treatment and education programs
  • Sherriff Peter Koutoujian states that
    85% of the population of the Middlesex House of Correction suffer from
    addiction and/or mental illness.
  •  Our Criminal Justice System continues to disproportionately affect communities of color.

The facts are clear, we need
Jobs Not Jails

People with Addictions Need  
Treatment Not Prison  
MOAR is a proud member of the Jobs Not Jails Coalition, a group of community, labor, religious, and legal organization and individuals with a keen interest in review of the states criminal justice system.
We support the The Justice Reinvestment Act  that is being filed by Representative Mary Keefe ( H2308 ) and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz ( S791 ) and smaller bills  to:
  1. End long mandatory minimum sentences on drug convictions of non-violent persons;
  2. Raise the threshold for what's a felony theft from $250 (the  third lowest in the nation) up to $1500;
  3. Lower probation and parole fees such as the $65 a month ex-prisoners have to pay in parole fees when ex-prisoners are already working at low wage jobs;
  4. Lessen the "sealing time" before employers can no longer see court appearances on a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information). The current times leads people not to be able to be hired when they are released from prison;
  5. Increase funding for in-prison education, job training, and for reentry services.
  6. Divert people that have committed crimes because of addiction to treatment rather than jail;


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