Ma. Report Seeks Prison Official-Guard Dialogue

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The Massachusetts corrections department issued a report on problems at its Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, but the document did not take into account the fallout from the slaying of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan at the prison or calls for changes in the Massachusetts prison system, the Boston Globe reports. The report was based mostly on material gathered in December 2002; in August 2003, Geoghan was strangled in his cell by another inmate.

The study calls for more dialogue between the Department of Correction administration and prison guards. Prisoners alleged that guards have instigated fights among inmates. Guards said prison administrators provided inadequate support. “We are treated lower than inmates,” one correction officer told outside investigators. The federal National Institute of Corrections funded the $25,000 study, which was conducted by the Criminal Justice Institute, a Connecticut-based nonprofit. Kathleen Dennehy, Masssachusetts corrections chief, said the report’s “specific findings may be somewhat outdated, but the general theme of reform remains the same.”

Link: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/10/06/report_details_problems_at_souza/

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