Massachusetts Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department offers or partners with the following re-Entry programs and services:
• Boston Re-Entry Initiative: A program for 17-30 year old males living within the Empowerment Zone who are most likely to recidivate. Inmates are given community mentors and case managers to assist them throughout their sentence and transition back into the community. Offenders also participate in a job skills workshop to provide them with employment and a resume.
• Re-Entry Discharge Team – RED Team: The RED team follows an Inmate Discharge Plan to monitor an inmates progress along with the casework staff during incarceration. They provide resources in the library, do one on one reviews sixty-days prior to release, and facilitate referrals to programs and resources in the community.
• Community Supervision: The objective of this program is to mentor and manage inmates in community settings with the goal of early reintegration into the community with no adverse effect to public safety. Community Supervision participants must have a home plan approved by field officers. While in the community, the client must maintain employment or attend school (part-time or full-time).
• Community Works Program (CWP): The Suffolk Country Sheriff’s Department, through the Community Works Program (CWP), send properly classified inmates nearing the completion of their sentences into communities, under the constant watch of an armed Sheriff’s deputy, to provide labor for many city, state and town projects. Cleaning vacant lots, beautifying roadway intersections, painting street lamps, boarding and securing abandoned homes and shoveling senior citizen housing walkways are just some of the many innovative jobs the inmates complete. CWP is an essential part of vocational and job training services provided to offenders before release from the Suffolk County House of Correction.
• ROCA: The goal of ROCA is to establish a link to incarcerated men so that, upon their return to the community they will have a connection to the agency and its resources which include ESOL, pre-GED, GED, and job preparation peacemaking circles, and leadership development. This program is for inmates ages 16-24 residing in Chelsea, Revere, East Boston, or Lynn, Massachusetts.