Local jail has the lowest return rate in the country

The governor wants to expand the jail's model statewide

LUDLOW, Mass (WWLP) – The Hampden County Jail in Ludlow, has the lowest return to jail rate, not only in the state, but in the country.

A recent report shows the state recidivism rate after 3-years for other county jails is 48%, while the national average is almost 50%. Hampden County Jail’s rate is a little over 33%.

The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department’s Assistant Superintendent James Kelleher, told 22News that their program is designed for this result; “Structure, accountability and supportive programs to our population just offers a sense of hope and sense of encouragement.”

Governor Baker’s plan for inmates and their lives after prison

Governor Charlie Baker proposed spending $1-million to expand the western Massachusetts re-entry model statewide.

The Sheriff’s Department works with the regional employment board to help released inmates find jobs, housing, and schooling.

Former inmate Celeste Gainey of Chicopee told 22News the 28-day program saved her life; “It was possible for me to reclaim my life back, which I did, and I thank them very much for that.”

Sheriff Michael Ashe said the goal of the jail is to have a zero return to jail rate, and that his jail is closer to that goal than any urban county jail in the country.

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