Many people have contacted Senator Brownsberger about the issue of a prison moratorium.
Senator Brownsberger’s view on the prison moratorium issue is summarized in the paragraph below, which Senator Brownsberger has provided as a response to constituents contacting him regarding the prison moratorium issue:
No one — not even the Department of Corrections — wants to build new prisons or even to renovate facilities in a way that net add capacity.
However, I do think it is important to be able to improve conditions for men and women in prison.Senator Brownsberger’s standard reply on this issue
The recent Boston Globe editorial, “Put the Brakes on the Prison Moratorium“, makes many good points that are in line with Senator Brownsberger’s view on the prison moratorium issue.
On Wednesday, July 20, House and Senate conferees agreed on a final draft General Government Bond Bill. Section 3 is the provision pertaining to a moratorium on prison construction.
The final bill prison moratorium language reads as follows:
SECTION 3. Chapter 7C of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-Source: General Government Bond Bill — Conference Report.
Section 73. (a) For the purposes of this section, “correctional facility” shall have the same meaning as provided in section 1 of chapter 125.
(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a state agency or public agency shall not:
(i) study, plan, design, acquire, lease, search for sites or construct new correctional facilities;
(ii) expand, convert, renovate or activate an existing or dormant correctional facility beyond its current number of beds unless such expansion, conversion, renovation or activation is for the purpose of accommodating a transfer of incarcerated people caused by the temporary or permanent closure of another correctional facility; or
(iii) increase the number of beds of the department of corrections.
Sections 4 and 15 of the bill repeal this moratorium language in five years.