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<p>The Jobs not Jails coalition held a rally on Boston Common on Saturday that was supported by about 80 organizations from across the state. Hundreds gathered to call on state legislators for criminal justice reform. </p>

The Jobs not Jails coalition held a rally on Boston Common on Saturday that was supported by about 80 organizations from across the state. Hundreds gathered to call on state legislators for criminal justice reform.

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Activists rally to stop Massachusetts prison expansion

Hundreds of prison reform activists gathered on Boston Common on Saturday afternoon to show state lawmakers that prison policy must be changed and to decry the estimates from Gov. Deval Patrick’s office that the state will spend $2 billion by 2020 to build 10,000 new prison units, as well as $150 million each year to fill them.