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Massachusetts corrections chief to be next director for Va. prisons

Rosalind Helderman

Gov. Bob McDonnell named Harold Clarke director of the state Department of Corrections.

Clarke has been commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Correction since 2007. Before that, he was secretary the Washington State Department of Corrections. He also spent 15 years as director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, where he helped develop a program to help reintegrate prisoners into society after their release.

A news release from McDonnell's office also indicates that Clarke served as president of the American Correctional Association and president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators.

He succeeds Gene Johnson in the job.

By Rosalind Helderman  | October 8, 2010; 5:48 PM ET
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How one effectively heads a system which breeds abuse and feeds the sadistic tendencies of those it employs (see Stanford Prison experiment), especially when one has "come up" in it is difficult to fathom. Clarke was head of Nebraska DOC when Dr. Faisal Ahmed turned whistleblower under him.

"I have a story to tell--about how a doctor can be used to kill patients. I will talk to anybody you want me to. I spent twelve years of my life, and these people pushed me around and turned me into something horrible. I am ashamed of what I have become... I really am. For the first time, I stood up and said, "I can't kill anymore. Too much. These are human beings, for crying out loud."

Dr. Faisal Ahmed, interview with Nebraska Ombudsmans' Office, Sept. 15th, 1998.

For more on Clarke's record
www.MassDecarcerate.org

Posted by: jasperbrown | October 11, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

How one effectively heads a system which breeds abuse and feeds the sadistic tendencies of those it employs (see Stanford Prison experiment), especially when one has "come up" in it is difficult to fathom. Clarke was head of Nebraska DOC when Dr. Faisal Ahmed turned whistleblower under him.

"I have a story to tell--about how a doctor can be used to kill patients. I will talk to anybody you want me to. I spent twelve years of my life, and these people pushed me around and turned me into something horrible. I am ashamed of what I have become... I really am. For the first time, I stood up and said, "I can't kill anymore. Too much. These are human beings, for crying out loud."

Dr. Faisal Ahmed, interview with Nebraska Ombudsmans' Office, Sept. 15th, 1998.

For more on Clarke's record
www.MassDecarcerate.org

Posted by: jasperbrown | October 11, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

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