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Braille Program: Staff facilitated program, which employs up to seven inmates. In conjunction with the Department of Education, this program produces Braille books for Massachusetts Schools. In addition Braille books can be made available for in-state private orders. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center.

Emotional Awareness and Healing: Volunteer coordinated program designed to foster emotional and spiritual growth and promote responsibility and accountability toward ones self and others. Inmates are also taught skills to reduce disruptive behavior. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, MCI Cedar Junction, MCI Concord, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Family Violence Reduction Program: The Family Violence Reduction Program (FVRP) is an eight-week program designed to decrease, eliminate or prevent abuse and violence in intimate relationships through the specific skill based teaching of violence reduction and problem solving techniques. Behaviors, attitudes, verbal expressions and thinking patterns associated with violence in a family setting are addressed with a goal of assisting participants in understanding the direct link between the way that they think and the way they behave. This program is available at all facilities on a rotational basis.

Greenhouse and/or Garden Program: Staff supervised program during which inmates grow flowers and vegetables in designated individual garden plots. In some institutions volunteers provide basic horticultural education and/or the produce grown is donated to local charities. This program is available at Bay State Correctional Center, Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts Treatment Center, Old Colony Correctional Center - Minimum Unit and South Middlesex Correctional Center.

Growing Together: This is a three-phase program, which uses communication to help inmates grow spiritually, develop community growth and live in a more peaceful atmosphere within the institution. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center.

Health Awareness: Programming ranges from basic education and awareness to support groups for inmates who are HIV positive. Instructors include vendor and Department staff, volunteers and inmates. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, Boston Pre-release Center, MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Old Colony Correctional Center, Pondville Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Jehovah's Witness Bible Study Program: Staff supervised, volunteer facilitated program during which Jehovah Witness volunteers meet with inmates to conduct a Bible Study session for the purpose of providing further opportunities for spiritual growth and health. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, MCI Concord and Northeastern Correctional Center.

Jericho Circle Project: Volunteer facilitated group that targets a variety of criminogenic risk factors that are pre-cursors to criminal behavior in an effort to develop integrity, accountability and emotional intelligence. This program is facilitated at MCI Cedar Junction and Bay State Correctional Center. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, Bridgewater State Hospital and MCI Cedar Junction.

PEN New England (Poets/Playwrights, Essayists/Editors, Novelists: The programs basic assumption is that sustained and supervised practice in imaginative and creative writing in all its various forms will help the participating inmate become a more reflective person and inclined to see the consequences and implication of any action. Also, the program attempts to increase the inmate's overall capacity for using language as an effective mode of communication in the world. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center.

Poetry Group: A former Boston University professor coordinates this group. Every other month, artists from the community meet with inmates to review and critique their poems. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center and MCI Norfolk.

Prison Voices: This program is designed to confront school age children, young adults and children committed to DYS with the reality and consequences of becoming involved in criminal behavior. Inmates meet with children and young adults in the prison setting. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center.

Prisoner Reentry Initiative Grant: Grant monies totaling $421,000 were received from the Department of Justice to assist nonviolent offenders who are returning to the Boston area. Focus will be on work, education, and employment readiness.

Re-Entry Workshop: The 10-day Transition Workshop meets for 2.5 hours per day and is offered to inmates who are within one year of their earliest possible release date. During the Transition Workshop, Transition Planners facilitate curriculum designed to assist inmates in the development of the necessary skills that are needed for successful transition back into the community. In addition, inmates receive assistance in developing a comprehensive discharge plan that addresses issues such as: Housing/living arrangements, Employment /vocational, and job readiness skills, Financial and practical money management skills, Substance abuse issues, Medical & mental health issues, Educational referrals, Family transition and community involvement, Recovery support systems, Victim awareness, and Attainable goal setting. The Transition Workshop is available at all facilities with the exception of MASAC and Lemuel Shattuck Hospital.

Self Help/Twelve Step Programs: Volunteer facilitated substance abuse support groups based on abstinence. Self Help/Twelve-step programming includes Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al Anon. Programming is available in both Spanish and English. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, Boston Pre-release Center, Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts Treatment Center, MCI Concord, MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center - Minimum Unit, Pondville Correctional Center, South Middlesex Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Support 55: Staff supervised, inmate-coordinated program that meets weekly and is geared toward inmates over the age of 55. Inmates share concerns about being a senior citizen in a correctional facility. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center.

Toastmasters: Public speaking program that enables inmates to develop more effective communication skills. Through a series of presentations, inmates learn to express thoughts in a clear and non-threatening manner. Toastmasters are an internationally recognized organization. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, MCI Norfolk, MCI Shirley, Northeastern Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Weekly Chess Club: Staff supervised program where inmates learn how to play chess, tournaments are also held. This program provides a structured environment where chess enthusiasts from beginners to advanced players can learn more about the aspects of the game. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, MCI Norfolk, Northeastern Correctional Center and Old Colony Correctional Center.

Weekly Scrabble Group : Staff supervised program where inmates learn how to play scrabble, competitions are also held. This program provides a structured environment where scrabble enthusiasts from beginners to advanced players can learn more about the aspects of the game. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center.