Mass. Legislators To Investigate Prison System

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After touring the prison where defrocked priest John J. Geoghan was killed, the cochairman of a legislative committee vowed to find out if security lapses contributed to the death. The Boston Globe said legislators will go beyond the mandate of a three-member panel has been appointed at the behest of Governor Mitt Romney.

Senator Jarrett Barrios said the state report will reflect the “secretary’s point of view,” referring to the a three-member panel named Aug. 25 by Edward A. Flynn, state secretary of public safety, two days after Geoghan, a convicted child molester, was beaten and strangled in his cell.

The legislature’s Public Safety Committee begins oversight hearings Oct. 28. Barrios, a Cambridge Democrat, said, “We may recommend a blue-ribbon commission to go beyond the Geoghan case to include a soup-to-nuts review of our correctional system.” Barrios spent 90 minutes yesterday with correction commissioner Michael T. Maloney at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley, where Geoghan was killed.


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