In light of the controversy surrounding the building of new jails, this letter was published in the Greenfield Recorder
A New Jail for Franklin County?
Background papers by Critical Resistance Western Mass on the Franklin County House of Correction and the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow.
Also read about the conditions at FCHC written by Michael Graton, an inmate. Index to Michael's articles.
$1.2 Million Grant for Jails
House of Correction News
John Wills was released from BCHC on June 1, 2002. His first new article Honesty was written while he was still incarcerated, but he choose to withhold publication until he was released.
In the second article he reflects on his new Freedom.
The entire BCHC INMATE HANDBOOK is now online.
View INDEX or go directly to the HANDBOOK
We have obtained information relevant to John's previous article on Furloughs at BCHC. The additional material was taken from the Inmate Handbook.
The Berkshire Eagle article, BCHC Earns Accreditation.
An inmate speaks out about his experience with the health care system at BCHC, Lack of Appropriate Medical Care.
According to Restorative Justice Online, an affiliate of Prison Fellowship Ministries,
Restorative justice can be defined as a systematic response to wrongdoing that emphasizes healing the wounds of victims, offenders and communities caused or revealed by crime.
Practices and programs reflecting restorative purposes will..... more
The Restorative Justice Paper: Circles
Minnesota State Supreme Court Upholds the Use of Sentencing Circles
Friends Committee on Restorative Justice: Dialogue Paper
Restorative Justice and the Unreachable SoulBy Tony C. Brown (March, 2002)
Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners
A link to the United Nation site which provides the full text of the standards.
Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners
Full text of the instrument adopted by the UN on December 14, 1990.
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