Men at Plymouth prison sue state officials over civil commitments

Patriot Ledger
March 17th, 2019
By Joe DiFazio

PLYMOUTH — Ten men who say they were involuntarily committed to a Plymouth prison instead of a drug and alcohol treatment facility are suing several state agencies and officials, claiming their rights were violated.

The men, housed deep within Myles Standish State Forest in a facility called the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center, allege widespread mistreatment, “appalling conditions” and inadequate treatment.

The lawsuit was brought by the Prisoners’ Legal Services, a nonprofit that provides legal help for the incarcerated, and filed in Suffolk Superior Court. In a statement Sunday, James Pingeon, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said the state should not punish the committed.

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