Aging in Prison

Long sentences with little or no chance of parole mean prisoners in Massachusetts — locked up for decades — are now getting old and sick behind bars. Massachusetts has one of the highest percentages of aging prisoners in the country, and It’s costing state taxpayers a premium.

First Massachusetts ‘compassionate release’ prisoner goes home

The first prisoner to be freed under Massachusetts’ new medical parole law is home in Centerville after the state Department of Correction approved his...

Aging and dying in prison

A Massachusetts state prison is expanding the graveyard where it buries inmates who die in custody, one consequence of the state's huge increase in...

Department Of Correction Rejects First ‘Compassionate Release’ Petition For Dying Inmate

The Massachusetts Department of Correction has denied the medical parole request of a 31-year-old state prison inmate diagnosed with terminal cancer, the first ruling...

Interview: A Prison Murder

Newly obtained video of the gruesome murder of a 72-year-old inmate at a state prison is raising questions about whether older, ill and disabled...

Murder at Souza prison: Are elderly inmates at risk?

By Jenifer B. McKim and K. Sophie Will William S. Sires, a 72-year-old convicted murderer, was walking with a cane in a maximum-security prison in...

Radio: Old and dying in Massachusetts prisons, Pt. 2

Part 2 in a series: Dying behind bars is a bleak fate,  but a new Massachusetts law gives some very ill and old prisoners...

The high cost of seriously ill inmates

Raymond Wallace is likely one of the most expensive county jail inmates in Massachusetts ever. The 41-year-old detainee has been awaiting trial and held on...

Radio: Old and dying in Massachusetts prisons, Pt. 1

Part 1 in a series: Long sentences with little or no chance of parole mean prisoners in Massachusetts —  locked up for decades — are now getting...

With aging prison population, Massachusetts looks to possible cost-saving, compassionate fix

Beyond the barbed wire of a state prison, down a dirt road marked with “no trespassing” signs, lies a hill dotted with PVC-pipe crosses...