Elected to his third term as sheriff of
The sheriff has been a trailblazer in developing an inmate re-entry program that reduces criminal recidivism by preparing inmates for a successful transition back into society. In doing so, the program forces inmates to be accountable to themselves and their communities after their release. The program has been favorably recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, which recently chose the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office as one of 15 agencies nationwide to receive Second Chance re-entry grants. Due to its work on re-entry, the sheriff’s office has received a follow-up grant.
Sheriff Bellotti believes in strong inmate programming to address anger management, domestic violence and behavioral problems that often are triggered by substance abuse. The sheriff has established a housing unit at the jail that is specifically dedicated to treating the core issues of substance abuse. The inmates live and breathe the program 24 hours a day. In addition, he offers vocational training in culinary arts,HVAC, landscaping and auto detailing. There also is a top-notch GED preparation program, with over 90 percent of its participants having earned their high school equivalency diplomas over the last six years.
A staunch advocate of using the latest technologies to provide the highest degree of safety to the citizens of
A believer in continual professional training, Sheriff Bellotti is proud of the fact that the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office has more correction officers certified by the American Jail Association than any other correctional institution in the nation. In addition, the
The sheriff realizes that public safety reaches beyond the walls of the jail, and he has enthusiastically joined forces with the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC), which provides highly specialized law enforcement services such as K9 teams, a computer crime unit, special weapons and tactics (SWAT), and a crisis negotiating team to 43 southeastern
Sheriff Bellotti’s community programs have been hailed by educators, parents and local police for their positive impact on
Sheriff Bellotti is the
Currently serving his second term as president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association, Sheriff Bellotti has authored articles on various criminal justice and correctional issues which have been published in Sheriff and American Jails magazines, the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Patriot Ledger. He was chosen for the Honorable Maurice H. Richardson Award for Excellence in the Community, the Sons of Italy Social Justice Award and the Project Lifesaver International Recognition Award among others.
The sheriff is a graduate of New England School of Law and
Articles Authored by Sheriff Bellotti
- Sentencing Guidelines Are Not Working And Need To Change (Patriot Ledger)
- Norfolk County's Report Policy Unique (Patriot Ledger)
- The Case Of The Real Estate Market And The Sheriffs (Boston Globe)
- Jails In A Crisis; Time For Summit (Boston Herald)
- Supporting Every Victim, Every Time (Patriot Ledger)
- Locking Into Better Option (Boston Herald)
- Rentry Comes of Age (American Jails)
- After School Programs: The Sky Is The Limit (Sheriff)
- Abuse Of Elderly Shows Need For Collaborative Response (Boston Herald)
- Reintegration Of Offenders Necessary To Corrections (Boston Herald)
- How Norfolk County Aims To Curb Recidivism (Boston Globe)