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News :: Human Rights : Organizing : Race : Social Welfare
Plans for Women's Jail May Meet an Early Fate: Statewide Coalition Calls for Moratorium on New Jails
18 Jul 2005
Modified: 08:28:39 PM
The state wants to build a new women's jail to replace part of the existing Hampden County jail. The Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition has been campaigning against it. They held a press conference last Wednesday, July 13th, at the statehouse to voice objections to the project.
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The Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition, a group that works on drug policy and rehabilitation, held a press conference last week to raise objections to the construction of the proposed Chicopee women's jail in western Massachusetts. People spoke out about the overwhelming number of prisoners charged with drug-related crimes, the racial dynamics of incarceration in Massachusetts, and the misuse of state funds for what they feel is an unnecessary new jail. They called for a moratorium on all new jail and prison construction in Massachusetts.
See also:
http://www.stopchicopeejail.org
http://www.prisonactivist.org/women

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