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Programs Available at This Facility

Able Minds: Staff facilitated book discussion group designed to shift criminal thinking and teach inmates interpersonal problem solving skills.

Alternatives to Violence: A volunteer facilitated program that teaches inmates how to reduce violence by introducing alternative ways of resolving conflict resulting in a diminished need to resort to violence. Workshops focus on conflict resolution.

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.

Emotional Awareness & 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.

Family Awareness: A three-month program that focuses on family values through audio/visual presentations, guest speakers and open discussion. This program is facilitated at MCI Norfolk.

Gambler's Anonymous: Volunteer facilitated self-help program. This program is facilitated at MCI Norfolk.

HIV/AIDS Education: 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.

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.

Music Theory Program: Staff supervised program that enables participants to learn basic music theory, comprehension and practice. Inmates join bands to rehearse and perform. In cell use of instruments varies among facilities. It is often limited to those inmates that can be utilized with headphones and do not disrupt the housing unit. This program is facilitated at Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts Treatment Center, MCI Norfolk, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center and Old Colony Correctional Center.

National Education for Assistant Dog Services (NEADS): An 18-month program designed to utilize inmate handlers to teach dogs basic obedience and other skills needed to prepare them for future "careers" as Service Dogs assisting people who are physically disabled. Following their training with the inmates, the dogs will then learn the more advanced Service Dog skills at NEADS' National Assistance Dog Training Campus in Princeton, MA.

Nuestra Familia: Volunteer facilitated three-month program that focuses on family values through audio/visual presentations, guest speakers and open discussion. This program is geared toward Hispanic inmates. This program is facilitated at MCI Norfolk.

Parenting/Family Services: Volunteers and staff provide programs, which range from skill building, basic education, and reintegration information to support groups. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, South Middlesex Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski 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.

Project Youth: Staff supervised program in which inmates discuss with high school students their personal experiences and consequences that resulted in incarceration. This program is facilitated at MCI Norfolk.

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.

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.

VOSH/NECO: Eyeglasses recycling program: staff coordinated program in which inmates repair donated eyeglasses to be repackaged and sent to developing countries where members of VOSH/NECO will examine patients and distribute the eyeglasses. Volunteer Optometry Services to Humanity /New England Council Optometrists (VOSH/NECO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of human sight, mainly in developing countries where there is no welfare. This program is facilitated at MCI Norfolk.

Young Fathers Parenting Program: Volunteer program designed to educate inmates on issues regarding fatherhood and families using videos and guest speakers. Program topics include: substance abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood responsibilities, children issues (peer pressure, schooling/academic issues & teen pregnancy), maintaining family ties in prison, and transition into the community. This program is facilitated at MCI Norfolk.

Youth Outreach: Staff supervised program geared toward at risk youths coordinated through local high schools and the Department of Youth Services. Students attend inmate presentations during which inmates speak about their own personal experience with peer pressure, substance abuse, crime and incarceration. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, MCI Norfolk, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit and Old Colony Correctional Center.