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Hodgson demands apology after AG calls for investigation of prison conditions

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is demanding an apology after Attorney General Maura Healey wrote a letter to the public safety office, asking for an investigation into the conditions of the prison. (WJAR)

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is demanding an apology after Attorney General Maura Healey wrote a letter to the public safety office, asking for an investigation into the conditions of the prison.

Healey claims that the way inmates are being treated is leading to elevated suicide rates.

“I’m calling on the attorney general to apologize publicly to my staff -- to the employees, our officers, and our medical staff that work here day in and day out,” Hodgson said.

Hodgson denied allegations Healey made. She claims that the conditions for locked up prisoners at the Bristol County House of Corrections are leading to more suicide deaths than necessary.

Healey told the Executive Office of Public Safety that percentage-wise, the prison has had more suicides than the others in the state.

But Hodgson said her allegations are way off.

“She ought to be ashamed of herself,” he said.

Hodgson said that the prison is, in fact, a leader in trying to prevent inmate suicides and are taking steps to get even better.

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