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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 work in prisons.

In Massachusetts, the laws relating to prison conditions may be found in Massachusetts General Laws chapter 127.  Detailed regulations on prison conditions are in 103 CMR, including topics such as telephone access, library service, mail and more. Bills relating to prisoners, which are proposed but not yet passed into law, may be found by searching the Commonwealth of Massachusetts “Bills search” web page, and typing in the word “prisoners”.

General information on Criminal Law in Massachusetts may be found on the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries web page Massachusetts Law about Criminal Law and Procedure.

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries also have many good treatises in print, including:


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