A correction officer was assaulted Friday afternoon at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, according to a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. Officials said the officer was taken to a hospital following the incident, along with two other officers who responded to the alleged assault. The officer was surrounded and assaulted by a number of inmates in the N1 general population housing unit, authorities said. After one of the officers radioed for help, additional officers responded and secured the area. The prison was placed in lockdown during the incident. Six inmates were removed from the unit due to the incidents, which officials described as a “serious assault.”
Animals. Actually, that’s an insult to animals. Animals are born in the wild and do what comes naturally to survive. They have no conscious or souls. Human beings are born with the ability to figure out right from wrong. These things all know right from wrong and they choose to act like animals anyway.
Props to this CO for dodging, hurdling, falling, and then getting his ass beat trying to come to the rescue of his coworker.
COs don’t carry guns, pepper spray, or batons because of what could happen if a prisoner got ahold of any of those things. It’s just them and their fists, surrounded by hundreds of the most violent offenders in the state with absolutely nothing to lose.
What you saw happen in that video is a direct result of the bullshit “criminal justice reform” bill signed in 2018 by Charlie Baker.
(HB 4012). People who participate in recidivism-reduction programs while in prison can earn up to 15 days of sentence-reduction credit (earned-time credit) per month. Upon completion of select programs that are both proven to reduce recidivism and are approved by the department of corrections, people with prison sentences are also eligible to receive up to 80 days of additional earned time as a completion bonus, in addition to the existing 10-day completion credit. HB 4012 also allows people with certain mandatory minimum sentences to accrue earned time toward supervised release prior to their minimum sentence date. Total earned time credits accrued through monthly program participation and completion credits may not exceed 35 percent of a person’s original sentence. Expanded earned time credits will help incentivize positive behavior and enable supervision officers to focus more time and resources on people who are most likely to reoffend.
A bunch of corrections officers messaged us with this story, they’re furious about it, and rightly so. One of those guys is having surgery for face disfigurement and another one has a broken nose.
According to CO’s we spoke with inmates are purposely coming to seg units like this one to get into these programs to get reduced time. The new law has opened a door for some of the most violent criminals to get packed into one area, and it’s endangering corrections officers even more than they were already endangered working in one of the most dangerous jobs you can work.
Assaulting a corrections officer adds an average of six months onto a sentence. For someone serving life, what the hell do they care? Here’s what one CO told us about the reality of working in Shirley.
These inmates don’t care they know they can do anything they want in prison and still get out. There is more that goes on that people would have to read more into like the SMI inmates. It’s mandatory to offer them 1.5 hours of programs and 1.5 hours of outside rec. Now if an inmate (which has happened many times) assaults an officer, let’s say on the way to the program, he will still be offered outside rec. There are no consequences for their actions. The reform they lay out to the public is like an outline but there is much more to it.
I know you’re extremely busy with all you news stories. You know how these news media outlets are. Even if you to write a story on it I’m not sure anything could change. They are taking the power of the officers to do their jobs and someone is going to end up dead. I’ve walked around a block with 72 inmates and just me, keys, radio and hand cuffs. It’s the admins against us. It’s frustrating and it keeps getting worse.
Corrections officers I spoke with today sound helpless and desperate. These asshole politicians get to feel good about themselves and pat themselves on the back because they think they’re helping to rehabilitate these animals. But that’s because none of them has ever stepped foot in a prison, lived around wild beasts like these creatures, or had a CO in their social circle. Everyone they know works for a non-profit. They care more about murderers and rapists than they do about law abiding corrections officers. People like this:
Dear Emily, eat a dick. Your lilly white ass doesn’t know the first thing about what these animals are like in real life. You live in a fantasy world where everything is based on something you read in the Huffington Post. You think these animals can be rehabilitated, and likely blame racism or something for the reason they’re in jail in the first place. Probably why you fell for this scam back in 2018.
Spoiler alert – that girl was never separated from her family. Just ask the VERY right wing Washington Post.
The hoodboogers support the inmates too.
Jessica, just because half your baby daddy’s is locked up doesn’t mean they’re telling you the whole story about what the CO’s are like.
This law will never get repealed because it’s Massachusetts. But just remember that in November when you go to vote and one of the candidates is talking about “criminal justice reform.” All that ever has been is a way to get and keep violent offenders out of jail.
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