The core mission of the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office is to operate the county correctional center and to transport offenders to and from court. But Sheriff Bellotti understands that 21st century corrections requires a multi-pronged approach, and he has instituted programs to make sure offenders become more accountable to society and themselves.

The Norfolk County Correctional Center, which opened in Dedham in 1992, is a modern correctional facility operated under the principles of direct supervision. Under direct supervision, offenders are classified according to the type of crime they committed and their criminal background. They are housed with similarly classified offenders in units within the jail.

The average sentence served at the Norfolk County Correctional Center is approximately 3 months. Sheriff Bellotti recognizes that virtually every Norfolk County offender will return to his community. Therefore, he has developed an Offender Re-entry Program to prepare them for a successful transition to a law-abiding lifestyle upon their release. The program -- which the Massachusetts Attorney General hailed as a “model for the entire state” – helps offenders find employment, housing and support counseling outside the jail prior to their release so that they don’t just fall back into bad habits when they return to their communities. The Re-entry Program also informs local police departments and probation officers about impending releases so that offenders receive post-release supervision. When sex offenders complete their jail terms, Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office staff members drive them directly to their local police department to make certain that they register as sex offenders as required by law.

The Norfolk Sheriff's Office provides a range of programs and services that are appropriate to the needs of offenders which include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Anger Management
  • Domestic Relations
  • Sex Offender Treatment
  • Compulsive Behaviors
  • Men's Health
  • Seeking Safety
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Science of Addiction
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Creative Writing
  • Life Skills
  • Religious Services (Houses of Healing)



The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office provides substance abuse education to all offenders in need of such help. All new offenders are oriented and informed of available treatment programs, and all housing units have weekly substance abuse meetings and group sessions.

Offenders are eligible to participate in the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program or the Intensive Treatment Unit which focus on substance abuse while utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy approach and evidence-based practices.

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program is an intensive 90-day program for motivated inmates, with classes on the topic throughout the course of each day.



The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Health Service Unit (HSU) provides all patients with high quality health care services, in accordance with the standards of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), the American Correctional Association (ACA) and applicable regulations. Services provided focus on the delivery of care with an emphasis on health promotion, the identification and treatment of acute medical conditions, as well as continuing treatment for chronic medical conditions. In addition to standard medically oriented services, the unit provides on-site dental, mental health, chronic infectious disease, orthopedic, podiatry, optometry, and nutrition services and supports an institutional substance abuse program. The HSU maintains a full medical/nursing staff, which includes a Medical Director, a Physician's Assistant, a Nurse Practitioner and a full cadre of licensed nurses. Nursing staff is available for patient care needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sick call is provided 5 days a week including holidays as needed. Medication administration services are provided in the housing units twice daily. The HSU is not designated as an infirmary; therefore, acutely ill patients requiring medical interventions and treatments outside the realm of services provided are referred to outside medical facilities.

The primary objective for mental health services is patient stabilization. Stabilization-focused services are offered seven days a week and include interventions focused on the reduction of psychiatric symptoms through both psychopharmacologic and psychological interventions. Individual treatment along with group therapy is available to all offenders who request such and/or qualify for these services. The mental health team maintains regular contact with outside agencies including the Department of Mental Health, in order to ensure continuity
of care. The mental health team consists of a board certified forensic psychiatrist, a mental health director, licensed mental health clinicians and licensed independent clinical social workers.



The Educational and Vocational Services Department offers offenders learning experiences that can help them change their lives for the better. In addition to our Adult Basic Education program that allows students to work toward their high school credential, we also offer an Advanced Education course and a College Readiness program in which students may learn about how to successfully navigate higher education.

Offenders who will be seeking employment upon their return to the community may pursue vocational training through one of our vocational education programs. Some of these include: Culinary Arts, Computers, OSHA 10 and Horticulture. Our facility offers certification in Culinary Arts and OSHA10.

For those who may need assistance in seeking employment, students may enroll in an Employment Readiness program in which they can learn about the world of work, develop their resumes and cover letters, and hone their interview skills. Individual employment counseling is available to assist each man with his specific needs in navigating today's job market.

The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office also manages an Electronic Incarceration Program. It is a pre-release security program that reintegrates qualified inmates back into the community under the supervision and guidance of the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office outreach services staff. Inmates wear an electronic ankle bracelet and are confined to their home or limited to traveling to jobs or counseling sessions. The NCSO’s Electronic Incarceration Program was the first of its kind in New England and only the second in the entire country to be fully accredited by the American Correctional Association.

Academic Educational & Vocational Programs

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Reading Enrichment Program
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Program
  • English as a Second Language
  • College Transition Program
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • HVAC Electrical
  • Culimary Arts



The Norfolk Sheriff's Office Volunteer Services Program recruits individuals from all areas of the community who dedicate their personal time in such areas as: Re-Entry Programming,Education, Substance Abuse Treatment, Religious Services,and Mentoring to name a few. This diverse and dedicated group of individuals works tirelessly to share their expertise, advice and guidance with offenders. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, security cleared and trained. Interested parties should contact Assistant Superintendent, Patricia Spataro.



Sheriff Bellotti has made offender
re-entry into society one of his chief priorities. His Repeat Offender Re-entry Initiative has been hailed as "a model for the entire state" by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

The Offender Re-entry Initiative is a 12 week Substance Abuse Treatment program with a major focus on re-entry and community transition. Program access and services are offered without regard to offender's race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or political view.

The Initiative identifies repeat offenders incarcerated at the jail. During monthly meetings, these offenders meet with a variety of outside agency representatives. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and Norfolk District Attorney's Office warn them that much harsher penalties await them if they re-offend. 

The program emphasizes personal accountability on the part of the offender. For instance, Level 2 and 3 sex offenders are transported directly to their parole or probation officers and to their local police department so that they can register their residence as required by law.

The program also links the offenders with numerous social service agencies such as North Cottage Treatment Center, South MIddlesex Opportunity Council, the state Department of Mental Health and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Council to help them become and remain productive,
law-abiding citizens upon their
release from jail.

"We have great specific re-entry programs, and re-entry in general is one of our guiding philosophies at the Norfolk County Sheriff's Office", Sheriff Bellotti said.

"The average period of incarceration here is roughly three months. There is no doubt that virtually all our inmates will be re-entering society shortly. We feel a responsibility to try to keep these offenders from coming back to jail.

In a very real sense, our re-entry program begins for all offenders on the first day they arrive here. At that time, our Classification Department assesses the problems and characteristics of each offender.

We house those offenders with other offenders with similar problems. Then we try to address those problems through treatement and education in areas such as anger management, substance abuse and domestic violence.

"It's a win-win situation because law-abiding citizens are able to enjoy safer neighborhoods, and the offenders are able to rebound from bad decisions in their past and get their lives back on track", Sheriff Bellotti said.



Rebecca Vega
Director of Programs
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Lisa Tague
Intensive Treatment Unit Clinician
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Hank Brawley
Program Facilitator
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Keith Anderson
Program Facilitator
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Jackie Shea
Program Facilitator
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