Visits to Mass. prisoners fall sharply under new rules

The Boston Globe July 11th, 2019 By Mark Arsenault “Many studies have been done, including by the DOC, that correlate prison visits with reduced recidivism,” said Elizabeth Matos, director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, a nonprofit advocacy group for inmates. Prisoners who receive more visits have fewer incidents of misconduct while incarcerated and a […]

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 […]

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 […]