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Framingham selectmen: No more correctional facilities

Posted by John Swinconeck  July 24, 2013 01:28 PM

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Framingham selectmen said Tuesday they do not want another correctional facility in the town.

The action came in response to a bill submitted in January by state Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly, Democrat of Arlington, to form a commission to study sites for a replacement jail facility in southern Middlesex County. The bill is now before the Legislature’s Joint Rules committee.

Selectmen voted unanimously to write County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, stating their pre-emptive objection to hosting another facility.

“We have no interest in a county prison,” said Selectmen Chairman Dennis Giombetti. “We already have a prison.”

The issue was brought forth by Selectman Michael Bower, who had suggested asking the town’s state legislators to exclude from consideration any town that already hosts a state or county house of correction.

Framingham is home to the South Middlesex Correctional Center on Western Avenue and the medium-security MCI-Framingham. Both are women’s correctional centers.

In addition, the town is host to a district court that handles criminal cases.

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