The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office serves the citizens of Norfolk County and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by enhancing public safety through the operation of a safe, secure, and humane correctional facility that establishes structure and accountability for offenders and focuses on re-entry programs and community based programs that promote crime prevention, citizen awareness, education, youth development, elderly assistance and law enforcement support. These efforts are accomplished
by a highly trained and dedicated workforce and through collaborative agreements with public and private stakeholders.
We accomplish our mission by:
- Maintaining a safe, secure direct supervision correctional facility while upholding
all national standards, laws, and judicial decisions
- Exploring innovative and cost effective community correction alternatives to incarceration that ensures the
efficiency of the Sheriffs Office.
- Pursuing the fair and equitable treatment of inmates while respecting the rights and dignity of all persons.
- Creating a just and fair environment that encourages positive behavior from criminal offender.
- Promoting education, treatment and social responsibility in an effort to successfully integrate
criminal offenders to society.
- Developing public safety initiatives, volunteer and support programs for the prevention of criminal
activity and providing the community with the pertinent information.
- Seeking the highest level of professionalism, through support, motivation and training for all employees
with accountability to the public we serve.
- EFFECTIVE CONTROL
The managers must be in total control of the facility at all times. There cannot be areas under de facto
control of offenders.
- EFFECTIVE SUPERVISION
Staff must be in direct contact with offenders and rely heavily on personal interaction with offenders
for supervision. Manageable staff-offender ratios arc critical for effective supervision.
- COMPETENT STAFF
Recruitment, training, and leadership by management are necessary for direct supervision to
operate as intended.
- SAFETY OF STAFF AND OFFENDERS
The basic mission of a jail is to keep offenders safe and secure and not expose staff to undue risk.
- MANAGEABLE AND COST EFFECTIVE OPERATIONS
Running a less dangerous institution allows for more architectural options, at reduced cost, providing an
incentive for offenders to maintain acceptable standards of behavior.
- EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Frequent communication between staff and offenders and among staff is critical.
- CLASSIFICATION AND ORIENTATION
Offenders should be closely observed in the first 48 hours of confinement (when suicide risk is greatest) and oriented to the operation of the setting. A key to-being able to provide expectations of positive behavior is identifying and selecting out individuals who will not conform to behavior norms of the living unit.
- JUSTICE AND FARINESS
Conditions of incarceration must respect inmates’ constitutional rights. Inmates must believe that they will be treated fairly and that there are administrative remedies for disputes.