An inmate was stabbed by another prisoner at Massachusetts’ maximum security prison this week as the correction officers union weighs whether to challenge a recent ruling backing a controversial double-bunking policy at the dangerous lockup, reports the Boston Herald.
The incident comes after a July 21 decision by federal judge Patti Saris to dimiss a suit seeking to end the prison's double-bunking policy. The suit, brought by the Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union in February, claimed the policy violated its members' rights. “Our beef is with the  state's decision to put the officers' lives in jeopardy and at risk to save some money,” said union attorney Douglas Louison. The state began double-bunking in January to address overcrowding created by a record number of inmates. The union claimed that since then, there have been at least 52 assaults on inmates and 74 assaults on staff.