Death greeted Bruce Ballard at the door of a small condo in East Boston on a rainy Friday morning. Unopened mail was piled in the doorway of 175 Brooks St. and 22 unheard voicemails blinked red on the answering machine in the living room. It was a moment frozen in time with the last remnants of life seeping through the carpet.
Domestic violence in Massachusetts claimed the lives of 334 people over 10 years and accounted for 14 percent of all homicide deaths in the state from 2003 to 2012.
Josie Ramirez was only 8 when she began visiting prisons. Almost 20 years later, she is still a visitor.
Three non-profit organizations in Boston; VISIONS Inc., Span and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, are working together to implement different parts of the Intergenerational Justice Program (IJP), a $457,000 grant that was first funded in October 2014 by the Executive Office of Public Service and Security with federal money from the Department of Justice.