BOSTON — As they shift their focus to improving rehabilitative services for women in the House of Correction, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department has terminated their relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Starting this week, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department will begin receiving pretiral and sentenced women from sheriff's offices in Essex, Norfolk and Plymouth counties.
The new agreement aims to "achieve greater regionalization and delivery of critical services for what has become the fastest-growing incarcerated population in the country".
The department says they are intensifying their focus on providing care, custody and rehabilitative services to the incarcerated population.
Recent reports show that, while there has been an overall decline in prison populations across the country, the number of incarcerated women or those involved in the criminal justice system has soared.
The decision comes due to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department's ability to provide unique care for this demographic with it's sepcialized, gender-sensitive programs, including the CREW program (Community Re-Entry for Women), which has been nationally acclaimed.
Women sent to the House of Correction are immediately placed in the Women's Program Services.
In response to the announcement, Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins said:
ICE, which first signed its contract with the Department back in 2003, will be completing its relocation of detainees from the House of Correction by mid-December.
In a response to the announcement made by the department today, the ACLU of Massachusetts executive director Carol Rose today released the following statement:
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