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Major policy change for inmate trips

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A controversial trip by one of Massachusetts' most notorious inmates is leading to a major policy change in the state's prisons.

Convicted killer Charles Jaynes was going to be allowed to leave prison last year to pay his respects to his father who died.

But after Fox 25 broke the story, the visit was scrapped. Now the state is making sure some inmates are never allowed to walk out of prison again.

Jaynes is serving life for the 1997 kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley of Cambridge. The gruesome crime stunned the region and devastated the little boy's family.

Curley's father Bob was disgusted last September after learning the Department of Correction approved a trip for Jaynes to visit his father who died.

"There's been a lot of deaths in my family since Jeff's died and Charles Jaynes could care less what happened with Jeffrey," said Curley. "He put himself in the situation he's in and under no circumstances should he be out."

The trip was canceled and the Department of Correction started its own review of what it calls emergency escorted trips.

The report obtained by Fox Undercover shows that since 2006, 735 inmates have received state prison approval for 15 minute visits with dying or deceased immediate family members in hospitals or funeral homes.

The inmates are accompanied by at least one correction officer during the trips.

The report also found it's "... a sound correctional practice that is employed in the vast majority of state correctional systems and the Federal Bureau of Prisons."

Despite that finding, Correction Commissioner Harold Clarke has now decided that "based on our review of the law and policy, emergency escorted trips for inmates serving life sentences for first-degree murder will no longer be permitted and the Undersecretary for Criminal Justice will personally review all requests made by inmates serving life sentences. With these changes, DOC will continue to review requests for emergency escorted trips on a case-by-case basis..."

The policy change means Jaynes who previously visited his dead mother and sister on two separate occasions could still go on another emergency escorted trip as long as the Undersecretary approves it.
That's because Jaynes was convicted of second-degree murder.
"People like Charles Jaynes. He shouldn't. He doesn't deserve a chance. He's as bad as they come," said Curley.
While Curley believes Jaynes should never get approval again to visit a dying or dead family member, he actually disagrees with the new state policy prohibiting all first-degree lifers from going on these trips and believes it should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis across the board.
As for the more than 700 trips taken by inmates since 2006, Curley says the state is spending a lot of money shuttling inmates around.
The Department of Correction could not tell us how much has been spent on the emergency escorted trips.

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