The Massachusetts Department of Correction is making some changes to their regulations regarding attorney access to their facilities. They’ve invited comments on the new regulations and are holding a public hearing on August 4. (Good luck finding that notice online anywhere but here, by the way. I had to get it from an attorney, who had to get it from the EOPSS general counsel. So much for the “public” in public notice, I guess.) Practically every attorney who has reason to visit a prison has anecdotes about problems they’ve had trying to see their clients, so you can bet the bar (and especially the defense bar), will have plenty to say at this hearing. As the law student representative on the MACDL board of directors, I wrote up a letter to the DOC about law student access to DOC facilities. You can read that letter here.