Release - November 14, 2002
Office of the Commissioner of Probation
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|November 14, 2002
Holland, Director of Communications
PROBATION PROGRAM WHICH TARGETS TEEN VIOLENCE
TO DEBUT AT NORTH READING HIGH
Violence: Choices and Consequences Program, a joint venture of the
Woburn District Court Probation Department and the Massachusetts
Brain Injury Association, will be introduced for the first
time in the state to students at North Reading High School on Friday,
November 15, at 8:45 a.m.
educational seminar, brought to the school by Woburn District Court
Probation Officer Dennis Visconti, focuses on violent crimes committed
by youths such as assault and battery, domestic abuse, possession
of weapons, and gang and group violence.
among youths is increasing and a program like this is sorely needed,”
said Visconti who worked with the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association
to develop this program.
70-minute program confronts participants with the realities of the
life-long physical and emotional pain of life with brain injury
for survivors and their families which may result from violence,
according to Visconti. The program features a presentation, film,
and discussion. Participants explore the factors that contribute
to violence such as alcohol and drug abuse as well as the connection
to growing up in a family who has a history of violence.
“The goal of the program is to reduce violence-related brain injury
by reducing recidivism rates for youths and young adults who are
at risk for violent behavior,” Visconti said.
also coordinates the “Brains at Risk” Program, a drug and alcohol
prevention initiative, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Brain
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court, and
12 Probate & Family Court probation offices throughout the Commonwealth.
Probation’s Juvenile Court system includes 11 divisions which represent
every county in the state. The Office of the Commissioner of Probation
(OCP) serves as the central administrative office for the state
Probation Service and the Office of Community Corrections which
operates 23 Community Corrections Centers throughout the state.