More female inmates moved to Chicopee facility

Elsa Oliver and Erika Murray were among those moved

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 48 female inmates that were being held at the Framingham State Prison have been moved to Chicopee.

The western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Facility has recently undergone an $18.5 million expansion project bringing the number of cells from 128 to the originally planned 184.

These are short term sentenced women as well as pretrial women that come from Worcester, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. The recent transition doubled the number of pretrial numbers.

On Tuesday, their count is at 238 and that is split between sentenced and pretrial. The Sheriffs Department expects the numbers to stay steady and the benefits to be greater to the public and inmates.

“When we’re looking at the best needs of public safety, we’re really looking to integrate both pretrial offenders and sentenced offenders into all programming and re-entry efforts from day one,” said Asst. Deputy Superintendent Colleen Stocks.

During the final 6 months of their sentences, inmates receive counseling to help them find housing and jobs as they approach their release date.

Among the new women being held in Chicopee are Elsa Oliver, the mother of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver whose remains were found in a suitcase; and Erika Murray of Blackstone, who was arrested after police discovered the remains of three dead newborns in her home. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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