Monday, May 13, 2013
Report of a gas line struck at MCI Framingham just before 9:30 a.m. Monday.
UPDATED at 10:35 a.m. with response from NSTAR *** Framingham Fire and Police responded to MCI Framingham, the women's prison, just after 9:30 a.m. Monday for a report of a gas line struck. An ambulance was requested. NSTAR was sending a crew to the scene. It is unknown what caused the incident. "It was called in to us as a hit gas line," said NSTAR spokesperson Michael Durand. "It's unclear to us as of right now what was the nature of the work being done. The gas has been shut off and our crews will begin repairs shortly."
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Framingham Fire Department spent 4 hours investigating a red powdery substance, which was determined to be crushed baked goods for a prisoner at MCI-Framingham.
Friday afternoon, Framingham Fire Department responded to a possible hazardous materials incident at MCI Framingham. The multi-hour investigation determined a red, powdery substance found at MCI-Framingham's pre-release center's mail room was not hazardous nor a threat but a a mixture of flour, sugar and salt and determined to be a crushed holiday sweet mailed to one of the inmates from her daughter, explainedFramingham Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Burns. As workers at the mail room at MCI-Framingham's pre-release center discovered the red powdery substance mailed to an inmate they followed protocols and called the Framingham Fire Department, said Burns. As it was unclear what the substance was a hazardous materials team (hazmat team) was …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Framingham Fire Department is still on the scene of a level 1 hazmat incident at MCI Framingham; the incident is in the garage of the women's prison.
FOLLOWUP REPORT: http://framingham.patch.com/articles/hazmat-incident-at-prison-turns-out-to-be-crushed-holiday-sweets *** Framingham Fire Department is still on the scene for a report of an unknown substance in the garage at the women's prison on Western Avenue. The Hazmat team was requested just before 3:30 p.m. to MCI Framingham, according to a scanner report. Framingham Fire Deputy is on the scene still at 5 p.m. Framingham Patch will update when we learn more.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Cristina Rathbone, who spent years interviewing inmates and researching MCI Framingham, spoke at Framingham State this week.
Some of the first inmates of what is now MCI Framingham were sentenced for drunkenness or “being stubborn.” Some were punished for cohabitation, for being lewd, for being “criminally intimate” with men. The prison’s first inmate, Hannah Sullivan—prisoner number 1—was sentenced for being homeless. “For the 150-odd years that women have had their own prisons, the problems that beset them more or less the same: poverty, abuse and addiction,” said Cristina Rathbone, author of A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars. Invited by Framingham State University sociology professor Ira Silver, Rathbone spoke to an engaged audience Wednesday night in the Dwight Performing Arts Center. Now an Episcopal priest who works with the homeless, …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Listen to writer Christina Rathbone talk about women behind bars Wednesday on the campus of Framingham State University.
Acclaimed writer Cristina Rathbone will speak about Women Behind Bars: Life Inside MCI-Framingham Wednesday April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Dwight Performance Arts Center on the campus of Framingham State University. The public is invited to the free lecture. Rathbone is author of A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars – the definitive account of life at the oldest women’s prison in the United States, located in Framingham. Rathbone spent five years learning about the women at MCI-Framingham. Her research shows why often people do not see the reality of women’s experiences behind bars. Too often people choose to believe that the more than 400 women locked up in Framingham alone – just like so many others across the U.S. – are …