“The remedy is not working. Jail populations are actually higher now than the second week of April."
No one serving a life without parole sentence has been granted a commutation since 1997
While members of the public can listen in on this hearing for Thomas Koonce without seeing it, they are unable to record the hearing
The epidemic of reincarceration for technical parole violations in the age of COVID
As lawmakers consider free phone calls, expensive video calls come to Mass prisons
New book reveals potential pitfalls for those seeking justice reforms.
“When COVID first started, I didn’t hear from him. You don’t know what it feels like to not know if your loved one is alive or dead.”
“It’s impossible to advocate for someone [in court] over the telephone. … Anything you say or your client says is heard by everyone.”
“Most prisons and many jails have done very little to reduce the population density that puts both incarcerated people and staff at grave risk.”
To keep people locked up despite the looming threat of coronavirus, officials are claiming prisoners lack community ties. Advocates and family members say that’s not the case.