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Lawmakers (like Robert Megna and Mike Lawlor, pictured) got a firsthand, if sanitized, look on Whalley Avenue at what overcrowded conditions mean in the wake of Gov. Rell’s canceling of parole.

At the end of the long tour Thursday of the state’s Whalley Avenue jail Warden Robert Correa ushered everyone out because, he said, “It’s time to start the feeding.”

The lawmakers saw 849 inmates crammed into most of the common spaces at the jail—the gym, the cafeteria. They saw dorms where dozens of bunk beds fill the rooms. Inmates rushed up to try to talk to the visitors, then heard dinner announced.

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