Columns

May 13, 2014

IN HONOR OF OUR CORRECTION OFFICERS

As I make my way around the neighborhoods and communities of Suffolk County and beyond, I speak frequently and fervently about some of our most unsung and unheralded members of the law enforcement continuum – the women and men who serve in corrections.
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.
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.
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.
January 4, 2004

SUFFOLK COUNTY JAIL SEES SHARP RISE IN NUMBER OF MENTALLY ILL PRE–TRIAL DETAINEES

Thousands of men and women are committed to the Suffolk County Jail each year, and each receives the best possible medical care available. The Jail, located at 200 Nashua St. in Boston, processed more than 13,000 pre–trial detainees—men and women arrested—in 2003.