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Adams, MA 01220
Citizens for Responsible
Legislative Reform

By "Your Sister"
View From the Outside
Read her 2nd article
The Hawk
By: Linda Hamilton
To the Editor
By:John Wills

Founder's Forum
Nepotism: Conduit to Corruption

Election 2002 Candidate List
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MCI-Shirley Medium

HepC Treatment Guidelines
Med Care Grievances

Examine the deaf ear of the MA Parole Board in:
Talking to the Rocks
Indexto Bob's Column "From Within"

Michael Graton is back. Read his 2 latest articles
Charity and
Junk Food Junkie
or find all his articles in the Index.

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The Founder's Forum
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.
Greenfield       Ludlow

Also read about the conditions at FCHC written by Michael Graton, an inmate. Index to Michael's articles.
Related articles:
$1.2 Million Grant for Jails

Berkshire County
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.

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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
Additional Information:
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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June 19:Sheriff Needs More Money
June 18:Tougher Drunk Driving Laws
June 17:DSS &the Lost Children
June 17:Injustice in Massachusetts
June 17:Gregory Hession...Justice for All
June 11:SJC to Decide
June 06:Towns to Get Money for Hosting Prisons
June 06:Veterans Win Battle
June 06:Cuts Urged for DA's
June 04:Sexual Harassment Complaints
May 10:Judge of Defiance, Dishonor
April 27:Honor Court in Peril
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June 25: Supreme Court Says...
June 24: Tougher Sentences with guns
June 21: Court Bars Executing Retarded
June 18: Due Process Essential Part of Freedoms
June 18: Court Upholds Police Tactics
June 18: Once a Father....
June 11: The Right to Bear Arms
June 06: Who Will Protect Us From the System
June 06: Traffic Ticket=Religious Fight
June 01: Magazine Ban Fought
May 29: Does More Listening Make America Safer


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