Rules would place ‘gag order’ on committee overseeing solitary confinement in Massachusetts jails and prisons

July 8th, 2019
By Shira Schoenberg

BOSTON — Amid controversy over Massachusetts’ solitary confinement policies, prisoners’ rights advocates say the Department of Correction is seeking to hamstring an oversight committee with restrictive regulations that would limit members’ ability to visit prisons and bar them from speaking to the press.

Those who expressed concern include key lawmakers involved in crafting last year’s criminal justice reform law, which created the solitary confinement oversight committee.

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