Community Corrections Center
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
John Leahy, Program Manager
Community Corrections Center
492 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01061-0684
Phone: (413) 584-2012
Fax: (413) 584-1435
The Hampshire County Community Correction Center is located at 492 Pleasant Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. It was established in 1999 by Sheriff Robert J. Garvey and is one of three centers in Massachusetts that is fully managed and staffed by Sheriff’s employees. The staff is responsible for program intakes and transitions, supervision, security, treatment management, job readiness/placement, HiSET preparation, urinalysis functions, and for providing all Substance Abuse Treatment Services.
The Center is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays (for random drug screenings) from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It currently provides over 40 hours of weekly programming, with participants required to be on-site three to five days, depending on their sanction level. The Center also offers three opportunities per week, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, for participants to fulfill mandated Community Service. For those participants employed either full or part-time, the staff will work to schedule programming that allows them to maintain their current work schedule.
When a court makes a referral to the center, our on-site Probation Officer (POIC) takes over direct supervision of the probationer, but continues to work closely with the court assigned Probation Officer. The POIC has the ability to remain involved with participants on a daily basis, which provides the opportunity to address and correct issues as they arise. Random drug screens and breathalyzers are administered two to three times per week and at least one Saturday per month. Urinalysis is performed on-site by Sheriffs’ staff with results available for the POIC the next business day. The treatment team has long term relationships with area providers and works closely with participants to address ongoing issues which include: substance abuse, child care, relationship, and healthcare, as well as adverse daily living concerns that affect a good portion of our population.
Treatment groups are gender specific, are run using evidence-based curriculum, (which has proven to be effective with offenders) with a system of sanctions and rewards being utilized to monitor progress in the treatment process. For each participant the length of the program varies, but does require an absolute minimum of 13 weeks. While it is possible for a compliant participant to successfully complete the program in this time frame, many often experience struggles early on as they attempt to acclimate to the structure and daily requirements of remaining both drug and alcohol free. The Center provides programming in three general areas: Substance Abuse, Life Skills, and Educational Development. Substance Abuse services attempt to raise awareness of the disease concept of addiction, the nature of the disease, and the progression of the disease. Life Skills services include anger and stress management, money management, job development, and interviewing skills. Educational services include Hi-Set preparation and pre-testing, with actual testing occurring at either Greenfield or Holyoke Community College, along with college prep curriculum for those interested in earning a degree.
The Center currently performs intakes for Level III and IV probationers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.