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Date Posted: 15:09:44 12/09/07 Sun
PRISON CHIEF BEGINS PROBE ON TAVARES
Alleged Assaults on Guards Under Scope.
by Ken Maguire The Associated Press
The new chief of the Massachusetts prison system said yesterday he has launched a probe into how the Department of Correction handled allegations that a convicted killer assaulted two prison guards.
Commissioner Harold Clarke told the Associated Press he wants to know why it took more than a year to file charges against Daniel T. Tavares Jr.
The alleged assaults were in late 2005 and early 2006, but charges weren't brought until the days before Tavares was released from prison in July after serving 16 years for killing his mother.
Authorites tried to have Tavares held on bail on the charges, but a judge freed Tavares on personal recognizance and he fled to Washington state. He now is charged with killing a newlywed couple in rural Graham, Wash., where he fled to live with his girlfriend.
"We're going to be taking a look at the length it took to file the charges," Clarke said in an interview at his office. "We're going to be taking a look at roles that individuals played in this process, taking a look at whether or not there's anything that we failed to do or we need to improve upon."
Clarke, who resigned last month as head of prisons in Washington state, said he ordered the review last week--his first on the job.
He said the review was separate from the probe being conducted by Public Safety Secretary Kevin Burke, although they likely would touch on the same issues.
Steve Kenneway, president of MCOFU, didi not return messages left by The Associated Press.
After completing his manslaughter sentence, Tavares was kept behind bars on assault charges. But Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman released Tavares on personal recognizance after the killer's lawyer challenged the bail.
Tavares, 41, now is charged in the Nov. 17 fatal shooting of Beverly and Brian Mauck.
Republican presidentail candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani used the case to criticize former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's record on crime. Romney, who appointed Tuttman, has called on her to resign.
However, the state's two chief judges said Tuttman was only following the law when she freed Tavares.
Margaret H. Marshall, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, and Robert A. Mulligan, the state's top trial court judge, have said the state's bail statute requires judges to only consider whether a suspect is a flight risk.
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As a Rule the Department's Policy has been to push the blame and the shit downhill, But if the new Commissioner is genuine in his probe and reports an honest and thorough investigation, he will uncover the good-ole-boy network and that the shit has truly risen to the top
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|Re: let the blame begin (NT)||THATS RIGHT BLAME THE PAST ADMIN.. YOUR TIME WILL COME||16:10:28 12/11/07 Tue|
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