Even as the pandemic rages in prisons, vaccines and masks are seen as “a sign of weakness”
Some who are civilly committed for addiction in Mass face abusive prison conditions. Still, some families say it’s better than the alternative
“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
“The very least that Mass can do is make it easier for families to connect with loved ones who are locked up at this frantic moment.”
“The government should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this to go on. We need to get real, we need to tell the truth.”
"Keeping people behind bars for longer and longer periods of time does not help."
“The observant citizen outside the walls has long been forced to the conclusion that the grim institution does not perform its primary purpose"
Joe Donovan beat impossible odds in being paroled from a life sentence. With his release this month, he and his advocates recount the nightmare behind them and brace for a daunting road ahead.
Cash bail a debtors’ prison in the Commonwealth