In October a shakedown (surprise search for contraband) at the medium security prison in Shirley, Massachusetts resulted in numerous severe injuries to prisoners. My friend Susan Mortimer whose brother is at MCI Shirley (MCI = Mass Correctional Institute) has been trying to get the word out ever since. The story finally broke into the papers because the Shirley prison chaplain, who had tried with no success to get the Department of Corrections to look into this, finally took the story to the media (subsequently this man was suspended from his post). Governor Cellucci sees no reason why the DOC can't be trusted to investigate and, if necessary, correct the problem.

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