On Monday, December 21, MACDL, CPCS, and ACLUM filed an amended petition in the Supreme Judicial Court alleging that Massachusetts Houses of Corrections still are not undertaking two essential steps to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 in communal living environments: routine, comprehensive COVID-19 testing, and meaningful population reductions, and that their failures violate the 8th Amendment and Article 26. We also argue that 5 facilities are violating the right to counsel by failing to provide meaningful, timely, and confidential modes of communication between incarcerated individuals and their lawyers. Read full text below.

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Amended Petition for Relief

Appendix to the Petition