SJC says sheriffs can charge commissions for prison phone calls

Court leaves issue up to Legislature Commonwealth MagazineBy Shira SchoenbergMay 17, 2022 MASSACHUSETTS SHERIFFS HAVE the legal authority to raise revenue from contracts for inmate phone calls, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, whose office was at the center of the lawsuit, called the decision “a win for taxpayers.” “In […]

SJC urged to reduce prison population during COVID

SJC urged to reduce prison population during COVID DOC says 81% of inmates vaccinated; zero active cases September 10, 2021Commonwealth MagazineBy Shira Schoenberg THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION is not doing enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 because it has failed to take meaningful steps to reduce its prison population, prisoners’ rights advocates are charging in […]