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Addiction Treatment Instead of Prison for Women With Substance Abuse Disorder Posted on Jan 28

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 123, Section 35 permits the courts to involuntarily commit someone whose alcohol or drug creates “a likelihood of serious harm” to themselves or others. The law has provided that if there are no treatment beds available for women committed under that section, they   …Continue Reading Addiction Treatment Instead of Prison for Women With Substance Abuse Disorder

Standards for Access to Inmates Posted on Oct 28

Standards for access to inmates at correctional facilities afforded to attorneys, law students, paralegals, private investigators and interpreters have been recently updated. New amendments to 103 CMR 486.00 include reducing the time from one week to three business days to supply documentation of a law student’s or   …Continue Reading Standards for Access to Inmates

Prisoners’ rights and prison conditions in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 9

The recent escape of two inmates from a maximum security correctional facility in upstate New York has prompted many people to wonder about the rights and privileges of prisoners in the United States in general, including issues such as access to tools, money, mail, telephones, exercise, common rooms, and   …Continue Reading Prisoners’ rights and prison conditions in Massachusetts