MA Inmate Stabbed; Union Mulls Pursuing Double-Bunking Case


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.

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