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Letters | IMPRISONED DIMASI AILING

Prisoner’s treatment raises questions of federal accountability

Milton J. Valencia’s report on former House speaker, and current federal prisoner, Salvatore DiMasi’s deteriorating health due to advanced cancer does not put into larger context the circumstances that led the Department of Justice and its subsidiary, the Bureau of Prisons, to be so cavalier with a prisoner’s health (“Imprisoned DiMasi weak with cancer, wife says,” Page A1, March 7). The full picture raises questions not just concerning the federal government’s competence, an issue posed by DiMasi’s wife Debbie, but also its good faith.

When DiMasi was sentenced in September 2011 to an eight-year term, Judge Mark Wolf recommended that he be housed at nearby Fort Devens because, even then, DiMasi had a heart condition, and his wife was being treated for cancer. The bureau nonetheless sent him to faraway Kentucky to serve his sentence.

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