U.S. Senator Ed Markey and his opponent U.S. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III will debate live on Facebook on July 7 with a unique twist to the debate. The Suffolk County Sheriff's Department will host the debate and questions will be posed by the incarcerated population. Congressman Kennedy (MA D-4th) was first elected in 2013, and is trying to unseat his fellow Democrat Markey, who was also elected senator in 2013 after being the Congressman for the 7th District from 1976 to 2013. The forum will be streamed on Facebook Live on Tuesday, July 7th at 10:30 am. Candidates will each appear individually.
The Suffolk County Sheriff's Department is ending its contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), saying they will be housing more female prisoners from other counties. “We are ending our contract with ICE to reallocate our resources towards helping local women to address long-standing issues that have contributed to their involvement in the criminal justice system,” said Sheriff Steven Tompkins via press release. “Our gender-specific programming, which is among the best in the country, allows us to address these issues, which include domestic violence, sexual exploitation and substance use disorders, to name a few.”
Tompkins said the Sheriff's Department is proud of the services they've been able to provide to ICE, which first signed its contract with the Sheriff's Department in 2003. The Sheriff's Department expects to stop housing ICE detainees by mid-December. Starting this week the Sheriff's Department will begin receiving pretrial and sentenced women from Plymouth, Essex and Norfolk counties.