COVID-19 outbreak spreads to 53 at Dartmouth jail

Cases among inmates and staff jumped by 18 over weekend New Bedford lightNovember 15, 2021By Abigail Nehring DARTMOUTH — At least 47 people incarcerated at the regional jail on Faunce Corner in Dartmouth and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that began Nov. 1. Cases among inmates and staff jumped […]

Our View: High suicide rates at Bristol jails should be investigated

South Coast Today June 30, 2018 No matter how you analyze it, we need to know why nearly 25 percent of the state’s jail suicides between 2006 and 2016 occured in Bristol County jails when only 13 percent of the inmates were housed there. It doesn’t matter whether the jails are run by a Republican […]

Lawsuit targets high cost of phone calls from jail

South Coast Today May 5, 2018 By Jennette Barnes  In the days before her fiance’s suicide in jail, Fall River mental health clinician Kellie Pearson argued with him over the cost of his phone calls home. “For Michael, I think that just put more pressure on him and made him feel worse,” she said. Michael T. […]

Lawsuit challenges the high cost of calling from jail

The Boston Globe May 4, 2018 By Maria Cramer For the 95-year-old mother of one inmate, the high costs of taking phone calls from the Bristol County House of Correction forced her to choose between paying medical bills and talking to her son. Pearson is among four plaintiffs, two of them inmates, who have sued […]

Prisoners’ Rights Group Sues Bristol County Sheriff Over Segregation Cells

January 9, 2018 Rhode Island Public Radio By Lynn Arditi A not-for-profit prisoners’ rights group is suing Massachusetts Bristol County Sheriff’s Office for holding prisoners with serious mental illness in segregation cells. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Bristol County Superior Court, in Fall River, claims that prisoners with mental illness have been locked in cells […]

Sheriff Hodgson strikes again

August 5, 2017 The Boston Globe Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson has hit on a new idea to mistreat the inmates he’s been elected to rehabilitate: deprive them of in-person family visits. If that seems too cruel to be true, take note that this is the same sheriff who infamously volunteered his prisoners as free labor […]