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Suit: Sex offenders kept in custody after ordered freed

October 18, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — A group of sex offenders are suing the Massachusetts Department of Correction, alleging prison officials unlawfully detained them after they were ordered to be released from custody.

The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2e2R3qI ) reports lawyers for dozens of convicted offenders filed a civil complaint in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Offenders deemed “sexually dangerous” are held indefinitely at the Massachusetts Treatment Center — run by the DOC — after their prison terms. But they are entitled to trials where a judge or jury can decide that they’re no longer dangerous.

The plaintiffs allege the DOC routinely holds inmates who’ve been ordered freed for a day or more while officials complete the process of notifying agencies of their release.

They’re seeking $5 million in damages.

The DOC says it won’t comment on pending litigation.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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