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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
19 Jul 2005
AUDIO: The state wants to build a new women's jail to replace part of the existing Hampden County jail. 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.
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See also:
http://www.stopchicopeejail.org
http://www.prisonactivist.org/women

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Re: Plans for Women's Jail May Meet an Early Fate: Statewide Coalition Calls for Moratorium on New Jails
22 Jul 2005
Nice! Love these audio reports!
Re: Plans for Women's Jail May Meet an Early Fate: Statewide Coalition Calls for Moratorium on New Jails
29 Jul 2005
I agree. Let's double and triple bunk them in existing facilities. Why waste good money housing these degenerates in state of the art facility.
Re: Plans for Women's Jail May Meet an Early Fate: Statewide Coalition Calls for Moratorium on New Jails
16 Aug 2005
this should be stopped
Re: Plans for Women's Jail May Meet an Early Fate: Statewide Coalition Calls for Moratorium on New Jails
11 Jan 2006
There has been a 500% increase in the number of women incarcerated in the last 15 years. The majority of these women come from abusive situations (over 70% suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse in their families). They turn to drugs and alcohol and then were arrested. Let's stop victimizng the caualties. Build treatment facilities not jails!