Manuscripts/7. Criminal Justice and Inmates
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Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Benjamin LaGuer is a Puerto Rican-American who was convicted of raping a neighbor in January 1984. He consistently maintained his innocence and actively sought a new trial and parole based on lack of evidence, mental incapacity of the victim, and racism on the part of the jury and Parole Board. Over the years, LaGuer gained the support of people in academics, politics, law, and the media. José Masso, Senior Associate Director of Northeastern's Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS)...
Dates: 1984-2000 (bulk 1998-2000)
Overview This collection was originally part of the Bromfield Street Educational Foundation (BSEF) records. As part of its Prisoners Project efforts, the BSEF collected newsletters that were sent to them from various prisons and organizations located across the country and Canada.
Overview The Bromfield Street Educational Foundation was originally established as the Gay Community News in 1973. Until the Bromfield Street Educational Foundation ceased operation in 1999 due to financial difficulties, the Gay Community News was one of the oldest, most progressive, national newspapers in the gay community. Eight Boston gays and lesbians started the newspaper in 1973 to create a community voice for gays and lesbians in the Boston area. In 1978, the Gay Community News became national in...
Dates: 1963-2003 (bulk 1985-1993)
Overview The Coalition to Stop Institutional Violence was founded in Boston in 1975 in response to the proposed establishment of a "special unit for violent women" at Worcester State Hospital. Comprising ex-mental patients, mental health workers, and prisoner rights groups, the Coalition launched an extensive letter-writing campaign forcing the Department of Mental Health to hold public hearings on the need for the unit. Widespread opposition to the plan prevented the unit from ever opening. The...
Dates: 1972-1989 (bulk 1976-1981)
Overview Edward F. Lyons, Jr. was born in Boston, September 17, 1899. He earned a bachelor of law degree from Northeastern University in 1921 and passed the Massachusetts bar exam the same year. He was engaged in general practice until 1933 when he began working as an attorney with Home Owners Loan Corporation, an agency of the federal government. In 1942, he entered the Army, and in 1943-1945 he served as an intelligence officer in a camp for German prisoners of war in El Reno, Oklahoma. In 1945-1946,...
Dates: circa 1917-1959
Overview Founded by Elma Lewis in 1950, the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts was established to meet the social, cultural, and artistic needs of Boston's African American community. Lewis's goal was to foster the arts, not only in the local Roxbury-Dorchester community, but also in the African American community at large. The Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts offered education in art, dance, drama, music, and costuming to pre-school children, school-aged children and adults.
Overview Flora Haas was a local activist who advocated for the rights of prisoners and worked against the death penalty. She wrote numerous articles regarding the death penalty, human experimentation in prisons, and prison daycare for newspapers such as The Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Black Weekly, The Arlington Advocate, Sister Courage, and State and Mind. Haas was the editor and creator of The Outlook, which focused on criminal justice opinions in the commonwealth. The Outlook focused on issues...
Overview Michael Meltsner has taught at Northeastern University School of Law since 1979. He earned his A.B. from Oberlin College in 1957 and his LL.B. / J.D. from Yale University in 1960. From 1961-1970 Meltsner worked as First Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and was co-director, along with Jack Greenberg, of the National Office for the Rights of the Indigent (NORI), a paper office within the Legal Defense Fund. Since 1970, Meltsner has taught and served...
Dates: 1961-2008 (bulk 1978-2004)
Overview Sara R. Ehrmann (1895-1993) was a Boston-area civic leader best known for her work as an opponent of capital punishment. Ehrmann's career as a capital punishment abolitionist began in 1925 when her husband Herbert B. Ehrmann became an associate counsel for Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists convicted of murder and condemned to death. Sara Ehrmann was a key leader of the Massachusetts Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty (1928-1969) and the American League to Abolish...
Dates: 1845-1993 (bulk 1924-1988)