Protestors In Shirley Call For An End To Solitary Confinement


SHIRLEY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — With a backdrop of bright and beautiful foliage, a rally was held Saturday in Shirley to discuss a dark and difficult topic; the treatment of inmates at maximum-security prisons.

The protest was organized by Massachusetts Against Solitary Confinement, specifically protesting the nearby Souza Baranowski Correctional Center for what they call "state-sanctioned torture and abuse."

"When did it be OK to have people who work for the state call my little brother the n-word?" one speaker asked the crowd. "When was it acceptable to have people targeted because of their sexual orientation and thrown in the hole? It was never okay."

Roughly 100 people came to show their support, including several local elected officials.

With the exception of some brief taunting from a handful of passing drivers, the event remained peaceful.

WBZ NewsRadio's Matt Shearer reports:

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