Tag Archives: Massachusetts

Vera Institute’s Sentencing & Corrections Headlines

AL – Alabama Last State to Segregate HIV-Positive Inmates

CA – California Prisons Sterilized 148 Women Without Approval, Report Says

CA – California Is Facing More Woes in Prisons

MA – Teens in Prison (editorial)

OK – Who Will Solve Jail, Prison Overcrowding Problem? (editorial)

 US – The Horrible Psychology of Solitary Confinement

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Gender and Justice Report on Massachusetts Female Offenders Released

Check out the article describing the report here.

Check out the fact sheets on women offenders in MA here.

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Transgender Rights in Prison

From the article: “Years ago, in a darkened parking lot in the middle of the night, Kathy Padilla would meet with fellow transgender people who sought support from one another in a society that treated them like outcasts.”

“How things have changed since then for transgender men and women in America, who have made great strides in recent years toward reaching their ultimate goal: to be treated like ordinary people. On Tuesday, they won another victory when a Massachusetts judge became the first to order prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for a murder convict, saying it was the only way to treat her gender-identity disorder.”

Read more news about the Massachusetts decision here.

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Sex-change surgery for prison inmate granted by judge

From the article: “A federal judge in Boston on Tuesday ordered the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide sex-change surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder, ruling that failure to do so violated the prisoner’s Eighth Amendment right to adequate treatment.”

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Cut the cost of prison phone calls

This opinion article discusses the important issue of the high cost of phone calls for inmates.  As the article states, studies have shown that connection to one’s family and the greater community can aid rehabilitation and reduce recidivism.  Yet inmates continue to be charged exorbitant costs, particularly when many of them make $18 per month in state pay (at least in Ohio).  Jails can even be worse.  I’ve heard of one that charges $10 per call.  I think that this is a short-term profit strategy for cash-strapped facilities, and while that is understandable given the recession, the costs should be reconsidered in light of the potential benefits to society for more phone calls home.