For Immediate Release - September 27, 2015

Fitchburg Community Corrections Center To Host Graduation

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The Fitchburg Community Corrections Center will host it first graduation in a decade for offenders who have successfully completed the center’s programming and the terms of their probation. The graduation will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, September 28th, 1 p.m., at the facility, located at 19 Fairmount Place, Fitchburg.

The 14 graduates include both men and women who range in age from their early 20’s to 55 years old. The graduates, the majority of whom suffered with substance abuse issues, were enrolled in the program from six months to a year. The programming features educational and job training, life skills development, and substance abuse treatment.

The Fitchburg Center is one of 18 Community Corrections Centers throughout the state. The Fitchburg Center is a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Probation Service and the Sheriff’s Department. The centers serve as an alternative to incarceration. There are Probation Officers In Charge assigned to each center, community supervision sites where offenders must check in several times weekly. There is also a community service component through which offenders perform such tasks as park clean-up, snow removal, and delivery of food to soup kitchens.