I worked on this story while I was at The Boston Globe. I toured four different prison facilities with reporter, David Abel, to see a supervised view of the Massachusetts prison system. I say supervised because our tour was carefully guided by a public relations representative who was present during all interviews and all locations. We toured the reception center, which is used to place inmates into a category of maximum, medium, or minimum security prison. An inmate, unless their charge is severe, will earn his way from where he is originally placed, to a minimum security prison and ultimately released.