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Pondville Correctional Center is located thirty-six (36) miles southwest of Boston in the town of Norfolk, Massachusetts. It has a capacity of 204 inmates, of which 160 inmates are Level 3 (minimum) and 44 inmates are Level 2 (pre-release).
The primary mission of Pondville Correctional Center is to protect the public's safety by incarcerating inmates and to provide inmates the opportunity for responsible reintegration and positive behavioral change. The focus of the facility's operations is two fold. First, inmates are required to work unless a medical condition exists which will require a waiver from work assignments. Second, inmates are provided vocational, educational, and self help programming opportunities including Life Skills, Violence Reduction, Public Safety Transition Program, Thinking for a Change, A.A., N.A., and various religious services.
There are no walls or fences at this facility. Security is maintained through inmate counts and strict accountability procedures. Department policy mandates supervisory spot checks of community work crews, drug and alcohol testing, searches, and police notifications when inmates are in their community.
- Eligible and suitable Level 2 (Pre-release) inmates who are within 18 months of their parole eligibility or discharge date will be classified to participate in the Work Release Program. These inmates work at jobs in the community and earn at least the minimum wage.
The goal of the Department of Correction and Pondville Correctional Center is to successfully reintegrate these inmates back into society by providing gainful employment opportunities while simultaneously providing for public safety.
The program has strict accountability and supervision measures and transportation is provided by Pondville Correctional Center. These measures are explained in depth to employers during an Employer Orientation Program.
Some interesting aspects of the program are:
- Tax incentives for employers involved in this program.
- There is a steady supply of labor available through this program.
- If there is a problem at the work site, Correction Program Officers respond immediately.
- Inmates are prompt and reliable and their absences will be minimal.
- A healthy work force. Inmates are regularly tested for drug and alcohol usage and are removed to a higher security level if found positive.
Pondville Correctional Center is committed to working collaboratively with local companies in providing a safe, reliable work force for their business endeavors.
- Each Level 3 (minimum-security) inmate is expected to maintain a daily job assignment. Wages range from $l.00 to $4.00 per day. Job assignments are intended to provide the offender with opportunities for positive behavioral change while developing work skills and dependable work ethics. Pondville Correctional Center work crews are always under officer supervision while away from the facility.
- A number of inmates work at the other correctional facilities in the area (MCI-Cedar Junction and MCI-Norfolk) doing grounds work, landscaping and janitorial duties.
- Pondville Correctional Center inmates work to provide community reparation. As such, Pondville works collaboratively with cities, towns and State agencies on various projects that save the taxpayers money and allows the inmates to give something back to the community. Daily and special periodic work crews assist area towns including Norfolk, Plainville, Millis, Medway, Norwood, Mansfield, Foxboro, and Blackstone. Work crew duties range from cleaning streets and parks to assisting schools with painting and general maintenance during holidays, to general clean up and landscaping at municipal buildings. In addition, up to 20 inmates per day assist the Division of Recreation and Conservation with a variety of tasks and projects.
Educational programs are designed to be innovative and provide inmates with the opportunity for positive behavioral change. Based on a need assessment upon entry into the correctional system, offenders who have yet to earn their G.E.D. are strongly encouraged to participate in such programs in order to be considered for gradual reductions in security placement. Academic programs include: Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, GED tutoring and Life Skills Computer program. The later program was introduced in 1993 and remains today. This high tech approach to inmate education focuses on such topics as resume writing, job applications, job interviews, personal finance, Adult Basic Education, GED, math and reading skills and basic keyboarding.
- All offenders at Pondville Correctional Center are subject to random drug testing and treatment sanctions.
- There are 58 employees: 7 non-security and 51 security/classification positions.
- The facility has 16-hour health coverage and as such, we receive many inmates with chronic medical conditions.
- In August 2003, Pondville Correctional Center was re-accredited by the American Correctional Association for a three-year period signifying an adherence to National Standards and a striving for professional excellence.
- In May of 2003 the facility, in conjunction with its privatized medical services, received re-accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).