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Creator: Coalition to Stop Institutional Violence.
Title:Coalition to Stop Institutional Violence records
Dates:1972-1989 (bulk 1976-1981)
Call Number:M27
Volume:4.40 cubic ft. (14 boxes)
Scope and Content Note:The records of the Coalition to Stop Institutional Violence document the group's formation and operation as an anti-violence grassroots organization, its work at various institutions including Bridgewater State Hospital and the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham, and the activities of various anti-institutional violence and anti-prison groups in the 1970s-1980s. Records include correspondence, financial records, minutes, fliers, brochures, newsletters, press releases, articles, information packets, and testimonies.
Historical Abstract: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 Coalition went on to protest the development of other "special units" at various Massachusetts facilities before disbanding in 1988.
Arrangement:Organized into 3 series: 1. Administration; 2. Project Files; and 3. Related Issues.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Coalition to Stop Institutional Violence
  • Women's Educational Center (Cambridge, Mass.)

  • Mentally ill prisoners -- Massachusetts
  • Mentally ill women -- Massachusetts
  • Prison violence -- Massachusetts
  • Prisoners -- Civil rights -- Massachusetts
  • Reformatories for women -- Massachusetts
  • Violence in women -- Massachusetts.
  • Women prisoners -- Civil rights -- Massachusetts

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Deborah Richards, August 1998