Prison is no place to cure the opioid epidemic

December 12, 2017 The Boston Globe Editorial In late September, David McKinley was found hanging from the top bunk bed in his room at a Plymouth treatment center for drug and alcohol dependency. As reported in the Globe, McKinley’s suicide raises important questions about the suitability and management of the unit he was housed in for […]

Disability laws apply to prisoners seeking parole, SJC rules

May 16, 2017 Boston Globe By John R. Ellement The state’s highest court Monday extended the Americans with Disabilities Act to mentally and physically disabled prisoners seeking parole, ruling that the state must help them get support systems in place in the community. The Supreme Judicial Court, in a unanimous ruling, wrote that the federal […]

Admin briefs lawmakers on Bridgewater State Hospital plan

By Andy Metzger September 14, 2016 STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 13, 2016….Bridgewater State Hospital will move from a hybrid correctional facility and mental health treatment center to take on a more pure clinical focus under a new Baker administration plan that was hailed by prisoner advocates who sought further reforms. Secretary of Public Safety […]