Four prisoners die of COVID-19 during holiday week

FOUR PRISONERS at Massachusetts penal institutions succumbed to COVID-19 during the past week, bringing the total number of deaths under the jurisdiction of the Department of Correction to 15 for the duration of the pandemic.

Massachusetts Sees Highest Number Of Inmate Suicides Since 2014

WGBH and New England Center for Investigative Reporting March 19, 2018 By Chris Burrell and Jenifer McKim Fourteen inmates died by suicide in Massachusetts prisons and jails in 2017, the highest such number of deaths since 2014, according to state and county data. Those who died include four who hanged themselves in state prisons and 10 […]

Bristol County Report On Inmate Suicides Leaves Out Key Details

WGBH and New England Center for Investigative Reporting March 18, 2018 By Chris Burrell and Jenifer McKim Nine months ago, Kellie Pearson was driving in Fall River when she got a frantic call from her daughter telling her to call the Bristol County jail immediately. Pearson dialed and got an officer at the jail. “I knew,” […]

Inmate’s apparent suicide in Bristol County jail renews concerns about sheriff

June 15, 2017 Boston Globe By Chris Burrell and Jenifer McKim Bristol County officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a 47-year-old inmate at the county jail in North Dartmouth, prompting renewed criticism of the jail’s management under Sheriff Thomas Hodgson. The death of Michael Ray, of Fall River, on Saturday is the second suspected […]

5 Investigates: Young man dies in state custody

By Kathy Curran 5 Investigates – WCVB Boston May 16, 2016 Tony Dunn’s son Sam died in the rear compartment of an Essex County Sheriff’s Department transport van within 24 hours of leaving Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport after going to the emergency room for help. Sam Dunn was found unresponsive in the sheriff’s department […]