Inmates on hunger strike at maximum security prison, call on AG Campbell to investigate alleged assault by correctional officers

The Boston GlobeBy Ivy ScottOctober 20, 2023 A group of 19 inmates stopped eating at the beginning of October in response to conditions in one of the units at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, the state’s only maximum security prison. Inmates at the state’s maximum-security prison in Lancaster submitted letters to Attorney General Andrea Campbell this week […]

Changing incarceration trends lead to prison closure

Walpole will stop housing prisoners in 2024 Commonwealth MagazineBy Shira SchoenbergApril 8, 2022 THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT of Correction on Thursday made a surprising announcement: MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole will stop housing prisoners over the next two years. The reason the department gave was declining numbers of inmates and increasing costs. Or, in DOC-speak, “a thorough assessment of […]

2 Mass. prisons mishandled COVID and neglected prisoners, report by disability advocates claims

WBURBy Deborah BeckerMarch 28, 2022 Some Massachusetts prisons fell short in handling the coronavirus pandemic and neglected disabled and medically vulnerable prisoners, according to an investigation by the Disability Law Center. A new Disability Law Center (DLC) report released Monday examined coronavirus mitigation efforts within specialized medical units at MCI-Norfolk and MCI-Shirley. Among the more serious findings […]

Souza-Baranowski prison to introduce officer-worn body cameras 

Pilot program aims to improve safety, transparency  Commonwealth MagazineBy Shira SchoenbergJanuary 27, 2022 SOME CORRECTION OFFICERS at Souza-Baranowski prison will begin wearing body cameras this summer, under a new pilot program being launched by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.   The maximum-security state prison has come under increasing scrutiny amid allegations of brutality by prison guards.  “Implementing this […]

Corrections officers at Souza-Baranowski to get body cameras for the first time

The change comes as leaders at the Department of Correction face two federal lawsuits alleging excessive force against prisoners. The Boston GlobeBy Mark ArsenaultJanuary 27, 2022 Officers at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center will be equipped with body-mounted cameras for the first time as soon as this summer, in a $1 million pilot program announced Thursday […]

Prison guards to wear body cameras at Souza

WBURBy Deb BeckerJanuary 27, 2022 Correction officers at Massachusetts’ beleaguered maximum security prison will soon wear body cameras. The state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security announced the pilot program Thursday, saying the cameras will strengthen transparency and accountability at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. “Implementing this BWC (body-worn camera) pilot program reinforces our commitment […]

Outcry over conditions at Plymouth County Correctional Facility

community groups call for ICE detainees’ release The Scope BostonBy Marigo FarrDecember 16, 2021 Four immigrant justice organizations have detailed how immigrant detainees at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility face “patterns of mistreatment” — including lack of appropriate and timely medical services, physical abuse, discriminatory language, retaliation against individuals who voice grievances and barriers to […]

Correction Department cries out for oversight

With officer brutality and discipline shrouded in secrecy, the need for an independent eye is obvious. The Boston GlobeBy the Editorial BoardDecember 1, 2021 When brutality happens not on a city street but behind prison walls, there’s no citizen with a cellphone to record the abuse of authority, and often no bystander to bear witness […]