Overcrowded Jails

There are more than 25,000 people incarcerated in Massachusetts correctional facilities — that’s the highest number ever. Many of the state’s jails are especially hard hit. The Worcester County jail is under court order to house 300 fewer inmates by December. Worcester Sheriff Guy Glodis may start releasing inmates to comply with the court order.

Radio Boston tours the Worcester jail and explores some of the reasons behind jail overcrowding. What's your take? Do you think Massachusetts has a problem? How do you fix it? Do you have a story about jail ? Tell us.

Plus, more pictures and voices from inside Worcester County Jail, life after incarceration, and the debate over mandatory minimum sentences.


  • Michael Bellotti, Norfolk County Sheriff
  • Leslie Walker, executive director of Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services

This program aired on September 28, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.


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