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Letter to MA Dept. of Corrections: Families shouldn’t be screened by dogs

by Leah Sakala, March 25, 2013

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections plans to begin using drug sniffing dogs to screen families and friends who come to visit loved ones in prison. We submitted a letter urging Department of Corrections Commissioner Louis Spencer to halt this harmful and degrading policy in its tracks.

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