News & Events Archive

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.

Hundreds Attend Conference Addressing Local Heroin Scourge

02/28/2014 - 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 …

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.

Former Inmates to Live in Winslow

02/10/2014 - 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 …

Sheriff to Governor: Help fight 'addiction crisis'

01/17/2014 - 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 …

Transition from Jail to Community Interview with Connecting Point

01/14/2014 - Recently Sheriff Donelan and Assistant Superintendent of Inmate Programming Ed Hayes were interviewed by Aliz Koletas of WGBY television show 'Connecting Point'.  Read more …

FCSO Regional Dog Control and Adoption Center Featured in American Cop Magazine

01/09/2014 - The most recent (February 2014) edition of American Cop Magazine featured the Franklin County Regional Animal Control and Adoption Center. Read more …

Regional Kennel Highlighted as 'Successful Grant Project'

01/07/2014 - 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 …

Zukowski Earns Recognition as The Recorder's Citizen of the Year

12/20/2013 - In the world of "good cop, bad cop," Raymond Zukowski has a reputation for great things.  Montague's former police chief may have retired a couple of years ago after 36 years on the force, but he's hardly left public service behind.   Read more …

Orange Manhunt Leads to Arrest in Walmart Robberies

11/20/2013 - Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan's shopping trip to Walmart this week turned into a four-hour manhunt - for a shoplifter accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise. Read more …

Sheriff Chris Donelan presents Executive Director Clare Higgins with a check from the FCSO Jail Break 2013. Also pictured is Race Coordinator Barney Collins (in uniform).

7th Annual Jail Break 5K Road Race/Walk & Kids' Fun Run to Benefit Community Action's Family Support Programs

10/28/2013 - On Sunday, October 20th, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office hosted its 7th Annual Jail Break 5K Road Race/Walk and Kids/ Fun Run to benefit Community Action's Family Support Programs.  Read more …

Franklin County Sheriff to Receive Federal Reentry Grant

09/20/2013 - Congressman Jim McGovern and Sheriff Chris Donelan have announced that the Franklin County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $600,000 federal grant for reentry services.  Read more …

Commitment to Community

06/03/2013 - 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 …

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.

Making Franklin County Schools Safer

04/16/2013 - 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 …

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)

Helping Inmates Find Their Voices

03/05/2013 - 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 …

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

FCSO Opens Regional Dog Shelter

11/08/2012 - 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 …

“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

Jail Break 5K Run, Damp and Fast

10/15/2012 - 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 …

Sheriff Chris Donelan and GCC President Bob Pura award certificates to inmates at the Franklin County House of Correction during a recent graduation ceremony.

Franklin Sheriff's Office Chosen to Join National Reentry Initiative

09/07/2012 - 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 County Sheriff's Office Auto Detailing Program

Their Future is in the Details

07/02/2012 - 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 …

Pod B is transformed for the filming of "Labor Day".

"Labor Day" Movie Being Filmed at FCSO

06/11/2012 - 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 …

Butterfield School Auditorium

Inmate Work Crews Answer Towns' Call for Labor

02/06/2012 - 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 …