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CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE HONORED BY U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL
Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department employee True–See Allah recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive an award given by Attorney General Eric Holder and the United States Department of Justice during the 57th Annual Attorney General Awards Ceremony.
Honored along with 247 Department of Justice employees and thirty–nine individual recipients, True–See was recognized by Attorney General Holder for his efforts in helping to reduce and combat gang crime in Boston as the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Director of the Boston Re–entry Initiative.
The Boston Reentry Initiative (BRI) is a partnership between the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, the Boston Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. BRI creates a formal inter–agency support system for inmates before their release from the House of Correction. As research has shown, the first 24–hours after release is critical to offenders leaving the system. This partnership provides a multifaceted approach to help reduce the rate of recidivism for recently released inmates.
The BRI includes an emphasis on mentoring, information sharing, treating addiction and employment opportunities for inmates after release. This program begins while offenders are still incarcerated at the House of Correction. In the first few months of incarceration, a panel comprised of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, parole, probation, community agencies and faith–based organizations meets with offenders and discusses issues that may affect a successful transition back into the community.
Though the result of inmates successfully transitioning from prison back into their communities is, in many ways, the greatest reward for the work that he does within the BRI, True–See was nonetheless moved by the acknowledgement he received.
“It was a very humbling experience,” said True–See about the honor of receiving the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Safety, and the ceremony held to present it. “To be part of the team that was recognized nationally is humbling and exhilarating at the same time. There was an honor guard procession, I saw Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the heads of the F.B.I. and C.I.A. were there – a lot President Obama’s cabinet with respect to law enforcement were there.”
Noting the growth and success of the program, True–See shared praise for those people who did not share a place on the stage in Washington, D.C. but who deserved similar recognition.
“The BRI has actually been recognized nationally for quite some time,” True–See said. “What makes it so special is that there is a great measure of cohesion and transparency along the lines of law enforcement which, years ago, didn’t exist. This recognition speaks volumes about the level of communication that is now happening across the board. This is a flagship program of the Sheriff’s Department and we couldn’t do it without the full support of our own Commander In Chief, Sheriff Andrea Cabral.”
Speaking to the dedication and effectiveness of such programs as the BRI and the people like True–See who help to make them successful, Attorney General Eric Holder offered his thanks and praise during his remarks at the ceremony.
“The recipients we honor here today… have all answered the call to duty, the call to service that binds us together,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “These awards are just a token of our gratitude. But today you have not just my sincere gratitude, but the knowledge that you have all truly done justice on behalf of the American people.”