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Grant, Michael

Name: Michael Grant
Title: Deputy Commissioner of Career Development
Investigating Agency/ Authority: N/A
Media Source: Commonwealth Magazine
Date: 4/19/2020
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The article discusses an "unauthorized" and subsequently rescinded memo that initiated a moratorium on suspensions and disciplinary hearings for correction officers in the Massachusetts Department of Correction during the COVID-19 crisis. This memo was authored by Michael G. Grant Sr., a deputy commissioner, and it caused concerns as it would have only affected six guards out of a total of 3,500 correction officers in the state's prisons. The reasons behind Grant's decision to issue the memo remain unclear. Corrections Commissioner Carol Mici disavowed the memo after 24 hours, indicating that the agency's policies on disciplinary actions and suspensions remained unchanged. Grant's memo also attracted criticism from various quarters, including inmate advocacy organizations, the ACLU, and the Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins. The motivations behind the memo and the ability of Grant to make such policy changes independently were questioned. Despite the memo, the Department of Correction clarified that its disciplinary policy remained unchanged, and standard procedures would continue.


Kennedy, Stephen

Name: Stephen Kennedy
Title: Superintendent
Investigating Agency/ Authority: MA Civil Service Commission
Date: 9/5/2008
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The document outlines a case involving an appeal by Stephen Kennedy, referred to as the "Appellant," who challenged a ten-day suspension without pay imposed by the Department of Correction (DOC). The Appellant is a tenured civil service employee with a history of disciplinary actions. The incident in question occurred when he was working as a Sergeant Investigator in the DOC's Office of Investigative Services. He stored his firearm at a colleague's home, went out for dinner and drinks, and was later stopped by the police for speeding. The police officer detected alcohol on his breath, and the Appellant declined a Breathalyzer test. He was subsequently arrested for speeding and operating under the influence.

The document proceeds to provide findings of fact, including details about the incident, the Appellant's actions, his arrest, and the subsequent legal proceedings. The Appellant's defense was based on his medical condition and his assertion that he wasn't under the influence. However, he was found responsible for speeding and not guilty of driving under the influence in a court trial.

The document then discusses the disciplinary process within the Department of Correction. The Appellant was suspended for ten days without pay due to exercising poor judgment by storing his department-issued weapon in his vehicle's center console after consuming alcohol. The Appellant's past disciplinary history involving irresponsibility with his department-issued weapon was also noted.

In conclusion, the document affirms the suspension, stating that the Department of Correction had just cause to impose the disciplinary action due to the Appellant's poor judgment in handling his weapon after consuming alcohol. The appeal filed by the Appellant is dismissed by the Civil Service Commission.

Please note that this summary is concise and may not capture all the nuances and details present in the original document.


Mici, Carol

Name: Carol Mici

In March 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Correction initially issued a directive to halt all employee discipline and lift suspensions of prison guards and workers due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, the Commissioner, Carol Mici, rescinded this directive a day later in response to public backlash, stating that the initial order was unauthorized and distributed without her knowledge. She also suspended Deputy Commissioner Michael G. Grant for his actions.

The move to halt employee discipline drew criticism from various leaders in the criminal justice community, including Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, who saw it as counterproductive during a time when efforts were being made to reduce prison populations. The directive was met with concern from organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which expressed worries about limiting scrutiny of correctional staff, especially amid allegations of abuse.

The memo cited the COVID-19 crisis as the reason for the moratorium on staff discipline, but it lacked specific details. Governor Charlie Baker seemed unaware of the directive in a press conference and mentioned that the Department of Correction had been following guidance from the Department of Public Health regarding inmate management.

The Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union posted the memo but removed it shortly afterward. The memo was criticized for potentially impeding accountability and transparency in the prison system. Despite concerns, the Department of Correction reported no COVID-19 infections within the state prison facilities at that time.

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Silva, Stephen

Name: Stephen Silva
Title: Deputy of Operations
Investigating Agency/ Authority: State Ethics Commission
Date: 12/21/2004
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This document is a "Disposition Agreement" between the State Ethics Commission and an individual named Steven Silva. The agreement is related to a violation of the conflict of interest law in Massachusetts (G.L. c. 268A) by Silva. Here's a summary of the key points:


The State Ethics Commission initiated an inquiry into possible violations of the conflict of interest law by Steven Silva on May 12, 2004.The inquiry was in relation to Silva's actions as the Department of Corrections MCI-Cedar Junction Superintendent of Operations.

Findings of Fact:

Silva was a high-ranking employee at Cedar Junction, a prison facility.While Silva was at home recovering from surgery, he asked a prison employee, Lieutenant Raymond Turcotte, to come to his house and cut his hair for a wedding.Silva told Turcotte not to punch out and that he would take care of Turcotte's time using undocumented "comp" time that Silva claimed to owe Turcotte.Silva contacted Shift Commander Thomas Borroni to have Turcotte relieved from his prison duties for this purpose.Turcotte followed Silva's instructions, left the prison during his shift, and cut Silva's hair at home.Turcotte did not fill out the standard paperwork for leaving early and was not charged for the time he missed.Silva was involved in personnel decisions related to Turcotte and Borroni.Silva and Turcotte had a close friendship, and Turcotte had cut Silva's hair multiple times.Borroni, a subordinate, felt that there was an implied order in the way Silva communicated. As a result of this incident, Silva was demoted.

Conclusions of Law:

11. Silva violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2), which prohibits using one's official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions of substantial value for oneself or others.

Silva was a state employee under G.L. c. 268A, s. 1.Silva, as a superior officer, used his official position to request Turcotte's relief for a personal benefit, which was likely seen as an implied order.Getting a haircut at home upon request is considered a privilege.Turcotte's haircut during state time, without proper documentation or procedures, was an unwarranted privilege.The value of the privilege was substantial, including the cost of the haircut and the compensation Turcotte received during that time.This privilege was not available to others in a similar situation.Silva violated G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2), by requesting a subordinate's early release without time charges for a haircut.


Silva agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1,000 for violating G.L. c. 268A, s. 23(b)(2).Silva waived his rights to contest the findings and conditions of the agreement in any related proceedings.

In essence, this document outlines an agreement in which Silva admits to using his official position to secure a personal benefit for himself by arranging a haircut for himself during work hours without proper documentation, and he agrees to pay a fine and accept the terms outlined in the agreement.

Sumner Cynthia

Name: Cynthia Sumner
Title: Deputy of Classification
Investigating Agency/ Authority: Metrowest Daily News
Date: 12/21/2004
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Infraction/ Allegation: Second DUI

Ashland woman charged with OUI

HOPKINTON - Police arrested an Ashland woman after they pulled her over on West Main Street on Thursday at 11:40 p.m.

Cynthia Sumner, 54, of 64 Raymond Marchetti St., was charged with driving under the influence of liquor, police said.