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'