Civil Case Law - First Circuit

1st Circuit (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico)

Cases Upholding Agency Anti-Fraternization Policies

Poirier v. Massachusetts Dept. of Correction , 558 F.3d 92 (1st Cir. 2009):
A female correctional officer employed at the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (MDOC) developed a relationship with a male inmate, although investigations could not substantiate allegations about the relationship. Upon the inmate’s release, the officer reported to correctional authorities that she would have continuing contact with him. Correctional authorities denied the officer’s request for the inmate to reside with her, and later fired the officer for unauthorized contact. The officer claimed that the MDOC and its commissioner violated her Fourteenth Amendment right to intimate association. The court granted the MDOC’s motion for summary judgment, and found the MDOC did not violate the officer’s rights, giving great deference to the maintenance of prison security and order.