For Immediate Release - January 16, 2014

Massachusetts Department of Correction celebrates graduation of 314th Class of Recruits

Milford, MA (January 16, 2014)--The Massachusetts Department of Correction celebrated the graduation of its 314th recruit class on January 16, 2014, at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.  The 314th graduating class had 177 corrections professionals, including 168 Correction Officers and nine Industrial Instructors.  Their achievements were recognized by DOC Commissioner Luis S. Spencer, who administered the oaths of office.   The Honorable Peter J. Koutoujian, Middlesex Sheriff, gave the keynote Address.  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 Brandon S. Jaeger were among the speakers.


The 178 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 Massachusetts 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, 29 classes of recruits have graduated adding over 2,700 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.