For Immediate Release - August 29, 2013

Massachusetts Department of Correction celebrates graduation of 313th Class of Recruits

Milford, MA (August 29, 2013)--The Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) celebrated the graduation of its 313th recruit class on August 29, 2013 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.  The 313th graduating class had 142 corrections professionals, including 117 Correction Officers, eight Correction Program Officers, seven Recreation Officers; one Correction Offer Head Cook and nine Industrial Instructors.  Their achievements were recognized by Peter A. Pepe Jr., Deputy Commissioner- Prison Division, who administered the oath of office.   Michael Grant, DOC Assistant Deputy Commissioner - Southern Sector, gave the keynote speech.  Secretary Andrea J. Cabral, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security; Undersecretary of Criminal Justice Sandra M. McCroom, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security; William Dupre, DOC Director of Staff Development; Bruce Cuscovitch, DOC Deputy Director of Staff Development; and Recruit Training Class President  Correction Officer John P. Noyes were among the speakers.


The 142 member class has completed a 10 week recruit training program structured to balance contemporary instructional strategies and traditional military drill protocols to prepare recruits to successfully work in correctional institutions.   Correction officer graduates completed classes at the Shirley Training Academy and received on-the-job training at various correctional facilities.  Immediately upon graduation, all will begin permanent assignments in the correctional facilities.   


The Mass. Department of Correction Division of Staff Development has been honored by the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel with its Innovative Approaches Award for its ground-breaking curriculum reflecting reality and performance based training. 


Over the last eight years, 28 classes of recruits have graduated adding over 2,500 new correction professionals to the Department.


The Mass. Department of Correction employs approximately 5,000 and houses over 11,500 inmates in 18 facilities, ranging from pre-release to maximum security.