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Prison News | Massachusetts

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Massachusetts. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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Education & Rehabilitation

Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

No recent news for Massachusetts in this category.

Gangs in Prison

Health & Medical Treatment


  • Mom seeks charges for Bridgewater State Hospital guards in son’s death - ‘09 case sparked reforms
    The mother of Joshua Messier, the 23-year-old mental health patient whose 2009 death at Bridgewater State Hospital has sparked outrage and reforms, is demanding that prosecutors hold guards at the facility criminally responsible for her son’s death....[more]

  • Health after prison matters
    Wen we talk about economic development, homelessness, recidivism, education and other such issues in our region, few people would guess that the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts would be an influential player in these arenas. ...[more]

  • Tally climbs in lab scandal ; State report says drug mishandling may have tainted 40,000 cases
    The criminal cases of more than 40,000 people in Massachusetts may have been tainted by chemist Annie Dookhan and management failures at the now-closed state Department of Public Health lab where she worked, according to a long-awaited report released Tuesday by a special counsel hired by the Patrick administration....[more]

Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

Prison Conditions & Corruption

  • Curtailing solitary confinement
    IN THE AREA of prison reform, perhaps no method of incarceration has been more controversial than solitary confinement. Prisoner rights advocates have long argued that solitary confinement — the segregation of individual prisoners in small cells for up to 23 hours a day — is inhumane. Correctional officers, meanwhile, have seen solitary confinement as an important tool for disciplining unruly or dangerous inmates....[more]

  • Students Hold Vigil To Protest Solitary Confinement
    Past midnight on Wednesday morning, Rachel P. Thompson ’16 sat outside the Science Center with nothing but an empty square of blue tape pasted on the ground behind her....[more]

  • Restraints cited in three deaths at Bridgewater -- State hospital’s harsh patient care raises questions about health care provider
    BRIDGEWATER — Bradley Burns let out a gut-wrenching howl as he lay strapped hand and foot to a small bed, his torso bound by a tightly wound sheet, his head and eyes covered with a helmet and goggles.

    Burns had spent 23 hours a day like that — almost completely immobilized — for 16 months because medical staff at Bridgewater State Hospital felt it was the best way to prevent the sometimes-violent patient with paranoid schizophrenia from hurting himself, or others, as he had in the past. Even for visitors, he was placed in a tiny cell with barely enough room to stand or sit....[more]


  • State psychiatric prison under federal scrutiny
    BOSTON (AP) - A federally funded watchdog group has launched an investigation into the treatment of inmates at Bridgewater State Hospital psychiatric prison....[more]

  • Mass. prisons rely too much on solitary confinement
    Massachusetts prisons still rely heavily -- too heavily -- on the use of solitary confinement to discipline and control prisoners. Other than Arkansas, only Massachusetts allows prisoners to be sentenced for up to 10 years in isolation for ......[more]

  • Prison suicide questions institutional conditions
    27 year-old inmate Michael Keohane used a torn sheet to hang himself in his cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center on Sunday, April 9....[more]

Prison Life & Culture

  • It's hard to study black men because so many of them are in prison
    The high incarceration rates of black men generate a lot of attention, and are known to have all sorts of negative downstream effects on the inmates and the communities they leave behind. A new study out of Yale medical school and published in the journal Health Affairs hits on a less recognized one: all that prison time makes it hard to study health conditions in black men....[more]

  • No jailhouse nuptials for Hernandez
    If Aaron Hernandez wants to marry his high school sweetheart and mother of his 7-month-old daughter, it's not going to happen while he's in the Bristol County jail, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday......[more]

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

No recent news for Massachusetts in this category.

Suicides in Prison

  • Leslie Schuler, Worcester man who killed son, kills self in prison
    WORCESTER — Leslie G. Schuler, the Worcester man convicted of beating his 7-year-old son to death on Father's Day 2009, committed suicide in prison this morning, according a spokesman for the state Department of Correction. ...[more]

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