Pondville Correctional Center
Douglas DeMoura, Superintendent
The Massachusetts Department of Correction has zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and is committed to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct. The Department shall embrace the standards set forth by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and the American Correction Association for all state correctional jurisdictions.
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.
Pondville Correctional Center is committed to working collaboratively with local companies in providing a safe, reliable work force for their business endeavors.
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.
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