Roca to be Honored at Boston Bar Foundation's 2016 John and Abigail Adams Benefit

The Boston Bar Foundation announced today that the non-profit organization Roca will receive the 2016 Public Service Award at the annual John and Abigail Adams Benefit on January 30, 2016.  Roca will be honored during the event, and the Foundation will donate $25,000 in support of Roca's mission.

Using the empowering slogan "Less Jail, More Future," Roca works to reduce recidivism and improve employment among a population of young men at high risk of reoffending in Boston, Chelsea and Springfield.

Last year, Roca and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts launched The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative – a cutting edge program that will allow Roca to reach more than 900 at-risk individuals with its outreach, education and employment programming.  Roca projects that through this project, 248 incarcerations will be avoided (224,205 days of incarceration), amounting to a 45% reduction in incarcerations among the targeted population and a gross savings of $22 million to the Commonwealth.

"We are deeply honored to receive this award from the Boston Bar Foundation. Roca's work of helping justice system-involved young people overcome their challenges could never be done without the tremendous contribution of lawyers and legal professionals, many of whom are Boston Bar Association members," said Molly Baldwin, Roca’s Founder & CEO. "For this reason, BBF’s recognition of Roca carries tremendous meaning. It is further confirmation of the legal profession’s central role in creating a more just, safe and equitable society."

Roca's mission is in harmony with work advanced by the BBA and the BBF, such as the Reentry Education Program and policy efforts on sentencing reform.

"Roca's work in the areas of criminal justice reform and mass incarceration is truly innovative and inspiring, and I’m proud to represent the BBF in honoring them at the Adams Benefit," said Boston Bar Foundation President Lisa Goodheart.

Held annually, the John and Abigail Adams Benefit is the premiere fundraising gala for the Boston Bar Foundation and the legal community. 100% of the event’s proceeds are used to support local organizations that provide legal services to those in need. In June, the Foundation announced that, using proceeds from the 2015 event, it was awarding $950,000 in grants to 23 legal services organizations throughout Greater Boston.