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January 27, 2014

Sheriff Tompkins Honors Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently joined with residents, elected officials and community organizations in honoring the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
September 22, 2013

Not Beyond Hope – Fall 2013

Not Beyond Hope is a publication made available by the Communications & External Affairs Division at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. This publication contains artwork, poetry, […]
February 2, 2010

THE CRIMINAL OFFENDER RECORD INFORMATION (CORI) LAW: REFORM IS NEEDED

The Massachusetts Legislature will soon vote on Governor Patrick’s crime bill, which contains provisions for much needed reform of the laws and procedures that govern criminal offender record information (CORI.)
December 18, 2009

THE FACTS ABOUT TRUE COSTS OF CORRECTIONS

The Boston Foundation and Crime & Justice Institute Report on costs of Corrections in Massachusetts cited in the December 3rd Boston Globe is properly focused on reducing costs and recidivism while maintaining public safety. However, the Report, which relies on Massachusetts Department of Correction data, does not accurately describe Sheriffs’ actual workload, budget history or custody population.
September 22, 2009

Not Beyond Hope – Fall 2009

Not Beyond Hope is a publication made available by the Communications & External Affairs Division at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. This publication contains artwork, poetry, […]
November 7, 2007

STEMMING THE TIDE ON TRUANCY

In a fear–weary nation where we daily face one dire prediction after another, I am loathe to use extremes to describe any problem. Unfortunately, truancy and dropout rates in Boston merit use of the dreaded descriptor: crisis.
September 22, 2007

Not Beyond Hope – Fall 2007

Not Beyond Hope is a publication made available by the Communications & External Affairs Division at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. This publication contains artwork, poetry, […]
September 22, 2006

Not Beyond Hope – Summer 2006

Not Beyond Hope is a publication made available by the Communications & External Affairs Division at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. This publication contains artwork, poetry, […]
April 15, 2004

HIRING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IS JOB ONE

As Sheriff of Suffolk County, I am responsible for staffing the largest Sheriff’s Department in the Commonwealth. With an average attrition rate of 15 employees per month and consecutive decreases in fiscal appropriations for the last three years, we are consistently challenged to maintain adequate staffing levels.
February 27, 2004

RE–ENTRY PROGRAMS AN INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC SAFETY

Last year, more than 4,300 offenders completed their sentences at the Suffolk County House of Correction at South Bay and were released back into the communities. Statewide, more than 20,000 adults were released from state and county prisons.