By Cecelia Mason
Now I can finally talk about this – I only wish my son could. It has been three years that I have been forced to be quiet but not anymore because yesterday Civil Service in Boston agreed to hear Ray’s case in a public forum.
The Massachusetts Department of Correction has forced my son to be quiet about what he had found while he was an investigator at Souza-Baranowski [prison] in Shirley, Mass., to such extremes.
He became an investigator in 2011 and uncovered evidence that suggested a staff member, possibly one of his own partners in investigation is involved with an inmate bringing drugs into the prison.
He uncovered evidence that the cell doors can be opened by the inmates at any time with just using some cardboard.
Then he noticed his own partners in investigations using such potentially dangerous investigative techniques, like paying off inmates for testimony instead of just doing their job and investigating the facts and listing to the inmate phone-calls.
Officer Nathan Beauvais was almost killed in June 2012 and it appears the inmates knew this was going to happened that while they talked on the phones beforehand. They had told their family members that they should not come up to visit.
If Ray’s old partners were listening to phone calls and doing their job instead paying inmates off for any kind of information even if it was bogus then Nathen might not have been stabbed and almost killed on that day.
I quote, as listed in Ray’s law-suit against the Department filed at Worcester Superior in June 2013 the Following:
“While working in IPS, Officer Mason uncovered evidence of irregular and potentially dangerous investigative techniques that certain Officers were using. These techniques endangered the well-being of prison Officers. Indeed, an Officer suffered a potentially life-threatening injury at the hands of an inmate due to the practices of which Officer Mason complained.
Officer Mason brought his findings to the attention of his commanding Officers to no avail. Officer Mason was thereafter passed over for promotion, had his sanity questioned by co-workers, and brought upon bogus disciplinary charges. Officer Mason’s reputation within the SBCC has been destroyed and cannot be rehabilitated. He is in constant danger while working.
A recent decision by the Civil Service Commission affirmed the impropriety of the disciplinary charges against Officer Mason and held that he had been improperly passed over for the rank of Sergeant.”
Since Ray filed that law suit he has been subjected to even worse, more bogus charges and passed up again in order to shut him up, so much so it appears the department has even violated Ray’s First Amendment Constitution rights.
It has been three years. On March 11, 2014, Ray is bringing forth over 50 plus exhibits before Civil Service to show his innocence. All of the exhibits are the departments own documentation which show who actually is responsible.
Ray went to great lengths to not embarrass the department so much so he and his family have suffered enormously over the last three years.
March 11, 2014, cannot come soon enough I hope individuals will finally be held accountable.