Testimony in Support of S.1279

S. 1279, An Act Limiting the Use of Prison Labor

Sponsor: Senator Bennett

This bill prevents Massachusetts sheriffs from removing inmates from the Commonwealth to perform out-of-state projects, such as building a wall between the US and Mexico.

Hearing Date: Wed July 19, 1:00 PM in Room A2 at the State House

Please submit written testimony.  Find the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee Members HERE

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To: Representative Harold Naughton and Senator Michael Moore, Joint Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security, Chairpersons

Re: Testimony in Support of S. 1279, An Act Limiting the Use of Prison Labor

Dear Representative Naughton and Senator Moore,

I am writing to express my support of S.1279.  I strongly oppose the possibility of Massachusetts sheriffs sending people who are incarcerated to perform out of state projects.  First and foremost, this action would be unjust and excessively punitive for people who are incarcerated in our prison system.  In addition, Massachusetts resources should be used on Massachusetts priorities and not on projects such as the proposal by Bristol County Sherriff Hodgson to ship inmates to the southern border of the US to build Trump’s border wall.

The proposed expansion of the border wall is an embarrassment to this country and a morally reprehensible use of resources when our government is proposing cutting vital services such as healthcare.  Our Commonwealth should not compound this human rights disgrace by subjecting people who are incarcerated to forced labor.

I respectfully ask that you please support Senator Barrett’s bill.


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