Advocates push for limits on Massachusetts’s use of solitary confinement

By Shira Schoenberg MassLive June 17, 2016 A growing group of advocates is pushing for changes to Massachusetts’s solitary confinement policies, as several bills move slowly through the legislative process. The Pioneer Institute think tank joined the call recently with a new policy brief arguing that Massachusetts should restrict the use of solitary confinement, provide regular […]

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 […]

Pregnant inmates still being shackled in Massachusetts, report finds

By Shira Schoenberg MassLive May 16, 2016 Two years ago, then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law banning the shackling of prison inmates who are in labor, in their second or third trimester of pregnancy or post-delivery. But today, pregnant women are still being shackled, contrary to the law, according to a study released Monday […]

Symposium voices concern, highlights dangers of solitary confinement

By Jessie Levinson The Daily Free Press March 30, 2016 As part of a weeklong call to action on current solitary confinement laws in Massachusetts, Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts hosted a symposium on solitary confinement Thursday afternoon at the New England School of Law. The symposium consisted of two panels as well as a […]

Fighting To End Solitary Confinement

Interview by Jim Braude with Lizz Matos and Benito Vega WGBH Greater Boston March 23, 2016 A group of local criminal justice reformers has organized a Week of Action on Solitary Confinement to raise awareness of what they consider the cruelty of the practice which 80 to 100 thousand Americans experience every day. As part of the effort, a […]

The Deplorable State Of Solitary Confinement In Massachusetts

By Bonnie Tenneriello and Daniel Medwed WGBH February 22, 2016 In late January, President Obama announced historic changes in how the federal prison system uses solitary confinement—or “segregation” as it is euphemistically called within Massachusetts’ prison system. He cited research showing that the practice can lead to “devastating, lasting psychological consequences.” Solitary confinement, he said, “doesn’t […]

Prison inmates will shovel snow at T stations again this winter

By Adam Vaccaro Boston.com January 21, 2016 Prison inmates will once again help shovel snow at T stations this winter to help keep the city moving after major storms. Inmates will clear mounds of snow from parking lots, sidewalks and station entrances and exits as part of an agreement forged between transit officials and the […]