State wants to show compassion to ill inmates — and save money

Boston Globe May 21, 2018 By Jenifer McKim, New England Center for Investigative Reporting GARDNER — Beyond the barbed wire of a state prison, down a dirt road marked with “no trespassing” signs, lies a hill dotted with PVC-pipe crosses marking the graves of nearly 90 inmates. The makeshift crosses in this state-owned cemetery bear […]

Among state lawmakers, compassionate release of inmates is divisive issue

By Milton Valencia The Boston Globe October 20, 2016 State lawmakers applauded the recent request by the federal government to free former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi from prison early under a program for elderly and severely ill inmates, agreeing that DiMasi, who has twice battled cancer while incarcerated, should be home with his family. […]