Critics: Hodgson’s plan to send inmates to build Trump’s wall ‘absurd’

By Brian Fraga
Enterprise News
January 6, 2017

FALL RIVER – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson’s offer to have inmates build President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed border wall generated national headlines and plenty of reaction Thursday in the press and in social media.

The sheriff’s critics say that was all by design.

“It sounds to me like it’s a publicity stunt at the expense of our clients, which is not atypical for the sheriff,” said Leslie Walker, executive director of Prisoners’ Legal Services, a Boston-based legal organization that advocates for Massachusetts prisoners’ civil and due process rights.

Eva Millona, executive director of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, described Hodgson’s proposal as “political theater.”

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