For Immediate Release - August 28, 2013

MA DOC to Graduate the 313th Class of Recruits—Ceremony Takes Place August 29th at 11am in Worcester

Milford, MA (August 28, 2013)--The Massachusetts Department of Correction graduates its 313th class of recruits on Thursday, August 29, 2013.  The ceremony takes place at 11am at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.  



DOC 313th Graduation Ceremony


Thursday, August 28, 2013 at 11am


Mechanics Hall, 310 Main St. Worcester, MA


Secretary Andrea J. Cabral, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Criminal Justice Undersecretary Sandra McCroom, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Deputy Commissioner-Prison Division, Peter Pepe, MA Department of Correction

Assistant Deputy Commissioner Michael Grant, MA Department of Correction


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 recruit classes 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.