Plymouth County: State to pay for prison retirees

Plymouth County Treasurer Tom O’Brien has told County Commissioners the check is in the mail.

At the commissioners Monday afternoon meeting in Brockton, O’Brien said negotiations with the state over payment of prison retirees had yielded a $2.9 million payment to the county. The Commonwealth took over operations of the county Sheriff’s department, including the county prison in Plymouth–But it left the responsibility of paying prison retirees with the county.

Without the concession from the state, the county would have passed the cost onto the municipalities.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.