Holliston resident Rebecca Brodie has led a long and winding road over her life. Now she is seeking the support of Westford voters for what she hopes is the next step in that journey: becoming Middlesex County’s sheriff and reforming the state’s prison system.
Brodie announced her candidacy on Feb. 24 at MassBay Community College in Framingham, the place where she began an educational path that led to a degree from Suffolk University Law School, master’s degree in criminal justice from UMass Lowell and a career as an attorney with the Massachusetts Justice Project.
That path began after a difficult childhood that led to dropping out of high school and becoming a single mother.
Despite those early challenges, Brodie now is seeking a second master’s degree from UMass Dartmouth, but she says her main focus is addressing the lack of value obtained from the $53,040.87 the state pays for each inmate on average every year.
“The most exciting thing about prison reform is that society does not need to wait for a new invention or discovery; we already know what works and what doesn’t,” she said in a prepared release. “We simply need to stop doing things that don’t work and start using practices that do work.”
More information on Brodie’s campaign is available at her website, www.brodieforsheriff.com.