Hodgson proposal little more than self-promotion
Prisoners should not be treated as pawns
I WAS DISGUSTED to learn of Bristol County’s Sheriff Thomas Hodgson’s proposal to send prisoners off to work on Trump’s wall. Of course, even if construction on the wall ever starts (which is doubtful), Hodgson’s plan will never come to fruition. His plan is logistically impossible, and he likely lacks the legal authority to send prisoners to the border. And nobody asked Hodgson to send prisoners to the border.
Hodgson’s proposal is little more than an attempt to use the xenophobia of the coming Trump regime to promote himself. This is in keeping with his past behavior: he brought back chain gangs in 1999, and charged prisoners a daily fee of $5 (until the Commonwealth’s top court ruled in 2010 that he can’t do that).
Sheriff Hodgson should retract his statements, and offer an apology to the communities he serves. I hope other sheriffs in Massachusetts denounce Sheriff Hodgson’s proposal. And I would encourage the people of Bristol County to ensure that Sheriff Hodgson does not run unopposed (again) in the next election.