Posts by: Bridget Conley

On January 10, 2020, three correctional officers at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC) in Shirley, MA were injured following an attack during which a group of an incarcerated people punched and kicked them. The incident is captured on videotape–and it clearly shows three officers suffering a seriously beating. Those directly involved in the fight were promptly […]

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Award granted to World Food Programme today signals that using starvation as a weapon of war is no longer tolerable.

Boston, MA/The Hague, The Netherlands – October 9, 2020 – Global Rights Compliance (GRC) and the World Peace Foundation (WPF) at The Fletcher School (Tufts University), partners in the project “Accountability for Starvation: Testing […]

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It’s hard to make ends meet in rural America.

That is why leading officials in Irwin County, Georgia worried when the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), one of the largest employers in Ocilla, GA, struggled to fill its cells. The center had been used by various outfits when it was purchased in 2004 by […]

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UPDATE Sept. 8, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.: DOC contacted me directly to provide additional details on cause of death related to those who died in April 2020. The below essay was updated to reflect this additional information.

Writing on September 1 on this blog, I presented previously unreleased data from the Massachusetts Department of […]

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See update published on September 8, 2020.

In April 2020, more people died while incarcerated by the Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC) than in any month over the past five years. On average, between 2015 and July 2020, 3.1 people died per month in MADOC prisons. Before this year, the highest number of deaths […]

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On March 28th, the Federal Bureau of Prisons reported the first death of someone in their custody: Patrick Jones, a 49-year old man held at Oakdale FCI in Louisiana, who had “complained of a persistent cough.” In the press release announcing Jones’s death, the BOP noted that he was evaluated by their staff on March […]

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