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January 10, 2014

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
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Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins with District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently attended a meeting at the West Roxbury Pub Function Room hosted by the Ward 20 Democratic Committee. The meeting, which was open to the public, provided elected officials and candidates running for various political positions with an opportunity to speak to their constituents, and gave the residents of West Roxbury the opportunity to meet them and learn more about them.

In addition to Sheriff Tompkins, many other elected officials and political candidates were present, including gubernatorial candidates Joe Avellone, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Jonathan Edwards, City Councilor Matt O’Malley and State Senator Mike Rush.

Ward 20’s Democratic Committee Chairman John Cushing introduced Sheriff Tompkins as the first speaker of the evening. Sheriff Tompkins’ moving speech was filled with facts that concerned recidivism and incarceration, which stirred the crowd and also pointed to the work he does within the communities where many of these issues prevail.

“In Suffolk County, the recidivism rate is 46%,” Sheriff Tompkins began. “It costs about $46,000 to incarcerate each individual per year, yet it costs $13,361 to educate a child every year. It costs more to put someone in jail than it does to provide kids with an education that can keep them out of jail.”

“It’s a sad day when kids are going to prison to see their dad in a jumpsuit,” he continued. “Kids deserve to have their parents at home, and you deserve to have your fathers, brothers, sisters and mothers at home. Please encourage your loved ones to take advantage of our programs while they are with us because, even more important than how they got here is how they return home. We have to work to make sure that our kids never have to see the inside of a jail. And, for the people that have, I want them to return home better than when they left, because jail should never be an option.”


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