Whatever Sal DiMasi Deserves, He Doesn’t Deserve This

Recently, Debbie DiMasi talked to the Globe about the medical treatment that her husband, Sal DiMasi, is receiving—or, more accurately, not receiving—behind bars. DiMasi, who […]


Meet the Newest Member of the Massachusetts Parole Board: Tonomey Coleman

Tonomey Coleman at the Governor’s Council hearing. (Photo by Jean Trounstine) The newest member of the Massachusetts Parole Board is defense attorney Tonomey Coleman, who […]


The Battle to Bring Back Pell Grants for Prisoners

Critics have long said that college classes behind bars coddle criminals. But here’s a no-brainer: Would you prefer living next door to a released prisoner […]


This Takes ‘Fashion Police’ to a Whole New Level

A little-known law in Massachusetts involving openly “lewd and lascivious behavior” is the lynchpin of a new war on saggy pants from the Black Mental […]

Arts & Entertainment

‘The House I Live In’ Documents America’s Failed War on Drugs

Photo via Railroad Square Cinema Want to see a film that could change the way you understand drug policy in the United States? A 50-minute […]


Can't We Do Better on Suicide Prevention in Prison?

As college classes start back up in earnest, I’m planning yet another field trip to take my students to prison. Students want to see the […]


Are There Any Happy Holidays in Prison?

More than 2.2 million people in U.S. prisons and jails will spend New Year’s Eve behind bars. And Christmas. And Thanksgiving. While crooner John Prine […]


What Prisoners Create When They Create Art

This is the second in a three-part series about what Massachusetts prisoners do online. Today we look at the intersection of art and language. Or, […]


Why Keep Dying Prisoners Behind Bars?

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry tried to take a humorous approach to the unforgiving times we live in with her letter to a turkey last week, where […]


What Massachusetts Prisoners Blog About

This is the first in a three-part series that looks at what prisoners in Massachusetts do online. Above left: Daniel Royal’s blog post for his […]


Unanswered Questions About the State Drug Lab Fiasco

It’s been nearly two months since news broke about chemist Annie Dookhan’s unprecedented, widespread mishandling of evidence at the now-closed Hinton State Lab. While numerous […]


Prison-Based Gerrymandering on Election Day

It’s a little-known form of gerrymandering: Legislators across the U.S. count prisoners as part of the communities where they are held rather than as part […]

governor deval patrick parole board

Time for a Change

The governor has to reform his parole board—now.

Patrick’s Folly

In rushing to fix the system after a police officer was killed by a criminal on parole, our governor is leading us down the wrong path.