New visitor limits for state-run prisons

March 9, 2018 The Lowell Sun By Rick Sobey SHIRLEY — The Middlesex County sheriff sometimes physically notices inmates getting ready for family visits. “They look forward to it, keeping themselves groomed for their families,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian. Maintaining that face-to-face connection with their families is critical for an inmates’ successful re-entry to […]

Limit on Mass. prison visits is unfair punishment

March 2, 2018 The Boston Globe Among the factors that most influence recidivism rates among prisoners is their ability to maintain strong family ties. A review of studies found that in-person visits result in a 26 percent reduction in recidivism. The impact is higher for men: They experience a 53 percent decline. Family visits are also correlated […]

Massachusetts prisons will limit visitors for inmates

February 24, 2018 The Boston Globe By Mark Arsenault In reviewing the 16 years Bob Wojcik served in state prison, the Massachusetts Parole Board found a lot to like, particularly his commitment to rehabilitation and lack of disciplinary problems. But it was more than just his behavior inside the prison. The board twice cited Wojcik’s […]