Bristol County Sheriff Calls For Apology From AG Healey

DARTHMOUTH,MA (WBZ-AM) -- One of the state's most outspoken sheriffs is calling for a public apology from Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey.

Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson claims Healey is spewing one-sided rhetoric at the expense of his staff.

Hodgson is calling for an outside investigations into the conditions of his jail smacks of partisan politics.

The democratic Healey says recent lawsuits have raised concerns about the number of suicides at Hodgson's facility, along with alleged unsanitary conditions and inadequate mental health treatment.

But Hodgson says his agency already meets tough inspection standards.

 “Our last accreditation by the ACA was a year and a half ago. I believed that we had amongst the best staff in the nation. They confirmed it. We got 100-percent, which is almost unheard of on a national accreditation.” Hodgson said to WBZ NewsRadio1030.

Hodgson says Healey's concerns are based on complaints filed by left leaning groups.

The Attorney General’s Office tells WBZ NewsRadio1030 that they have no comment on Hodgson demand for apology.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

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