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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 7, 2003

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
(617) 989-6650


SUFFOLK COUNTY WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER RELOCATES TO COUNTY COURTHOUSE


The Women’s Resource Center, a substance abuse treatment, counseling and educational program operated by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in Jamaica Plain, has relocated to the Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. All programs will be retained in the new quarters on the seventh floor of the Courthouse.

“We had a wonderful relationship with the Jamaica Plain community, but budget cuts have forced us to make tough choices,” said Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral. “By relocating the center, our staff can continue to provide the programs we need to help female offenders.”

The Suffolk County Women’s Resource Center opened in January 2001 to serve the specific needs of female offenders. The first-of-its-kind center combines the Sheriff’s staff with other law enforcement agencies and service providers to develop rigorous protocols to ensure that women assigned to the Center take responsibility for their behavior.

The Center is a day treatment program for non-violent offenders between the ages of 18 and 60 years old and whose crimes range from shoplifting to drug possession.

The Center can accommodate 50 female offenders and provide a wide range of services, including drug and alcohol screening, community service programs, educational, vocational and life skills programs, counseling and case management. Two of the Center’s contract vendors, Bunker Hill Community College and Bay State Community Service, provide a variety of services including education, job assistance and drug testing.


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