Some egregious lies about the Lyman School for Boys
In his article on the on-line magazine,  YESMAGAZINE, Fall 2000: Is It Time to Close the Prisons? --American Gulag, Jerome G. Miller states;
I vividly remember the case of Doug, a stocky 16-year-old addicted to heroin. Late one evening, returning home from a meeting near the state reform school over which I'd recently assumed control, I decided to take a quick side trip to the so-called disciplinary cottage. I asked the “master” on duty whether anyone was upstairs in the “tombs,” (the strip cells that I’d ordered closed a few weeks earlier). No. I guess he thought I wouldn’t bother to go upstairs and look. There, in a far corner of one of the dim cells, was Doug, lying stripped on the bare cement floor. I stood in the doorway trying to talk though the mesh security screen that separated us. “How long have you been here?” The muffled reply: “A few days.” “Why are you here?” His voice grew more agitated: “I tried to make it over the fence out back.” I told him I wanted him to come out and go back downstairs. “We aren’t using the tombs anymore.” Doug let go a torrent of obscenities - “You naïve asshole! You dumb motherfucker! Don’t you know kids like me need to be in here?”
This is a bald-faced lie. First, there were no fences; second, there were no cells; third, the only concrete floors were in the basement locker-room so there couldn’t be anything upstairs as he describes. Apparently, he had so little faith in the children he pretended to protect, that he didn’t think they would read his lies. Oak Cottage still remains at the Lyman School , the state reform school. It was the disciplinary cottage Miller claims to have visited. It would be informational to obtain a court order to inspect this place and demonstrate his lies.
Miller closed the good places, the places which were, in many cases, the only homes that boys had, and kept open the bad place, the Roslindale Detention Center , where boys were raped and abused by employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Richard B. Johnson --Lyman School graduate
1. Magazine article
2. The Lyman School for Boys
3. The Roslindale Detention Center