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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 27, 2014

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
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SHERIFF TOMPKINS, SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HOST SENATE MAJORITY LEADER STAN ROSENBERG FOR TOUR

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins with Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg at the House of Correction.


Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and the Sheriff’s Department recently hosted Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg for a tour of the Suffolk County House of Correction (HOC).

Accompanied by Sheriff Tompkins, Senator Rosenberg was led on the tour by HOC Superintendent Yolanda Smith and Major Richard McCarthy, who brought Senator Rosenberg and Legislative Director Mark Dailey, Jr. to several key locations within the facility with the purpose of presenting an overview of the functions of and programming within the Department.

Among the sites observed along the tour were the Education Division, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building, the Vocational Education Division, a housing unit for female inmates, and women’s programming.

During his stop in the Common Ground Institute – the vocational education program developed by Sheriff Tompkins that provides training for inmates in such areas as carpentry, custodial maintenance, landscaping, food sanitation, painting, among other skills – Senator Rosenberg learned about several of the new initiatives that the Department has created to increase the skills and employability of inmates preparing to reenter their respective communities.

Following the tour, Senator Rosenberg sat down with Sheriff Tompkins and members of the Department to discuss ways in which the Legislature can work more closely with the Department to help reduce recidivism and promote public safety.

“It’s important that we have members of the legislative body come in to see where we’re allocating the resources that they’re providing in our budget,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “It’s important for the sake of transparency and it’s also important because it allows us to connect with them and find common ground as we look for new ways in which we can improve the communities that we live and work in.”

 

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