Six weeks after the Massachusetts correction commissioner was fired, a second top-ranking official lost his job as a result of the slaying of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan in a state prison, reports the Boston Globe.
Michael Grant was replaced as superintendent of MCI-Concord, where Geoghan’s lawyers say the he was abused and harassed by a handful of guards, even after the lawyers repeatedly complained.
Kathleen M. Dennehy, acting correction commissioner, denied that the staff shift had to do with Geoghan. The Globe said that a high-ranking source in the administration of Mitt Romney said, “The Geoghan murder exposed some cultural and operational issues at Concord state prison and the removal reflects Commissioner Dennehy’s desire to put things right.”
A three-member panel appointed at Romeny’s request has said that Grant tolerated a culture at the prison that allowed guards to abuse inmates with impunity, the Globe says.