National Correctional Officers' Week begins today. I am writing this piece because I am extremely proud of all of my Officers and the work they are committed to each and every day.
Read more … Leading the Way
Sheriff Donelan recently spoke with GCTV about the factors that contribute to incarceration in Franklin County and the local effort to prevent recidivism.
Read more … Behind Bars
Police trainees Eric Maloney and Ben Goody, of Orange, practice CPR with their fellow students of the Franklin County Reserve Intermittent Police Training Academy in the Franklin County House of Correction in Greenfield.
While seasoned, full-time police officers are in high demand, new part-time recruits are being trained by the dozen.
Read more … PART-TIME POLICE ACADEMY READIES INFLUX OF RECRUITS
Liam Latrell of ServiceNet, right, leads a Morning Mindfulness meeting in the D Pod of the Franklin County House of Correction. D Pod is also called the Treatment Unit, as most of the residents are in for substance abuse problems.
"It's really hard, because history is history and you did what you did and you own your behavior, but when it blocks you from ever changing paths, I think that's an unintended consequence. And they all live here. They're our neighbors."
Read more … Work key to breaking jail cycle
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office Regional Dog Shelter in Turners Falls is growing steadily each year and - although about 35 people currently volunteer to help with everything from feeding and walking dogs to creating graphs and charts used by the director to track statistics - more volunteers are needed.
Read more … FCSO Regional Dog Shelter Needs Volunteers
Senator Stanley Rosenberg and Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan at the conference organized by the Opiate Education and Awareness Task Force held at GCC on Monday.
The federal war on drugs is a failure, and Franklin County can be a model for an alternative use for the money spent eradicating opium crops in another hemisphere.
Read more … Hundreds Attend Conference Addressing Local Heroin Scourge
Joe Camden, a Captain at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and Dan Finn, Interim Executive Director of the Greenfield Housing Authority, look over a typical room in the Winslow that may house low-risk former inmates.
Some inmates about to be released from the local jail after completing their sentence or being put on probation may soon find themselves living in the low-income kitchenette apartments in the Winslow on the corner of Main and Wells streets.
Read more … Former Inmates to Live in Winslow
Pointing to the Vermont governor's recent stance on the growing opiate problem in his state, Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan has called on Governor Deval Patrick to help with an intensifying addiction crisis in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.
Read more … Sheriff to Governor: Help fight 'addiction crisis'
After a little more than one year after it officially opened, the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter received word from the Massachusetts Office of Administration and Finance (ANF) that it was chosen to participate in a promotional video showcasing successful projects of the Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program.
Read more … Regional Kennel Highlighted as 'Successful Grant Project'
Warm the Children, a campaign sponsored by local newspaper The Recorder, provides warm winter clothing to needy children in the area and has raised thousands of dollars for more than 25 years.
Read more … Commitment to Community
Franklin County Sheriff Chris Donelan reads a book to students in the Gill Elementary School in advance of training to be done there by the School Safety and Security Task Force.
Recently, Sheriff Donelan, Gill Police Chief Dave Hastings, State Police Lt. Andrew Bzdel and members of the Gill Fire Department went to Gill Elementary School in uniform to read to students in their classrooms.
Read more … Making Franklin County Schools Safer
Patrick Dowd stands outside the Franklin County House of Correction on Elm Street in Greenfield, where he leads writing classes for inmates as his senior year community service project. (Recorder photo/Paul Franz)
Patrick Dowd of Greenfield is a senior at The Academy of Charlemont. He leads writing classes for inmates as his senior year community service project.
Read more … Helping Inmates Find Their Voices
Jay Gonzalez, Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance, at the newly opened Regional Dog Control and Adoption Center. Behind him is Sheriff Chris Donelan and Shelter Director Leslee Colucci of the Sheriff ’s Dept. Recorder Photo/Paul Franz
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Regional Dog Control and Adoption Center officially opened Wednesday with state officials touting the benefits of such shared municipal services. Jay Gonzalez, secretary of the state Executive Office for Administration and Finance, attended the grand opening of the shelter, established in part with state money through his office.
Read more … FCSO Opens Regional Dog Shelter
“Crooks” Clayton Brunette, Mike Forbes and Garry Krinsky mug for the camera in front of the old jail building at the Franklin County House of Corrections in Greenfield. Recorder photo/Trish Crapo
The grey skies and cold drizzle might have been helpful in masking a prisoner’s escape, but for runners in the annual Jail Break 5K foot race, it mostly meant wet shoes. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office's sixth annual race drew a crowd of runners and walkers to the staging area in the jail parking lot despite the morning’s cold and intermittent rain.
Read more … Jail Break 5K Run, Damp and Fast
Sheriff Chris Donelan and GCC President Bob Pura award certificates to inmates at the Franklin County House of Correction during a recent graduation ceremony.
Transition from Jail to Community is not just a concept; it is the title of a national reentry initiative that has selected the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office as its newest partner.
Read more … Franklin Sheriff's Office Chosen to Join National Reentry Initiative
Franklin County Sheriff's Office Auto Detailing Program
Scott White will be released from the Franklin County Jail within the next few months. When he leaves, he will have money for housing and food, and a job.
Read more … Their Future is in the Details
Pod B is transformed for the filming of "Labor Day".
How does a major motion picture depict someone in jail through changing eras? Film in a jail from earlier times and a modern facility, of course. And where best to find this elusive combination? Right here in Greenfield!
Read more … "Labor Day" Movie Being Filmed at FCSO
Butterfield School Auditorium
This past September, when Orange schools were stressed financially, a celebration emerged as one of the few bright spots as the school year began. It was the grand re-opening of the 100-year old school auditorium, fully refurbished by inmate work crews made possible by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. Total savings: about $30,000, according to Sheriff Christopher Donelan.
Read more … Inmate Work Crews Answer Towns' Call for Labor