Press Release

Sep 8, 2013

Worcester, Mass. program to help male offenders released from jail

NECN: Aug 16, 2013

(NECN: Mike Cronin) – An innovative new program was announced by the Worcester County sheriff’s office. It’s called “After Incarceration Support Services” or AISS, and the goal is to help male offenders who are getting out of jail rebuild their lives so they don’t end up re-offending and back behind bars.

Elected officials hope the opening of a small office will have big rewards in keeping offenders out of jail.

“Inmates find any excuse to fall back into a life of crime,” says Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis, who marked the opening of the after incarceration support services center, located on Main Street in Worcester.

The goal is to prevent inmates from becoming repeat offenders.

“It’s a way we can kind of work with them after they’re released to keep them on the straight and narrow, keep our communities safer and also save the cost of reincarcerating people over and over again,” the sheriff says.

It’s a cost Evangelidis says is about $46,000 per inmate. Using this program, Evangelidis estimates it’ll cost less than $10,000 per person. The sheriff’s department is partnering with the Worcester Initiative for Support Reentry to help transition inmates back to the community.

“We’re really targeting housing, employment, substance abuse and mental health services. Healthcare… Get them into and connected to those services,” says project director Ken Bates.

The Health Foundation of central Massachusetts is paying $475,000 to fund the work for one year.

“We expect that success to draw changes in public policy in the next few years. We would expect the state to be looking at doing more in reentry,” says CEO Dr. Jan Yost.

There are similar programs across the country, which Evangelidis says are successful. He says they’ll begin working with inmates on a voluntary basis while they’re still behind bars.

“We can’t help those who don’t want to help themselves. That’s the bottom line here, but we know that there are inmates that are willing to be reached.”

Evangelidis says the program will play a role in keeping crime down, ultimately making Worcester County safer.

“Because if we help them, we make all of us safer and that’s the bottom line.”

Jul 3, 2013

Worcester County Sheriff replaces Reverse 911 with free app

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis has adopted a new emergency alert system. Alerts are sent to smartphones via Ping4, a free app. Read more:

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis has adopted a new emergency alert system. Alerts are sent to smartphones via Ping4, a free app. 

By Matt Tota/Daily News staff
Milford Daily News

WEST BOYLSTON —The Worcester County Sheriff’s office has adopted a new emergency alert system that, at the click of a mouse, can send warning messages to all smartphones in a targeted area.
Ping4alerts!, a free app created by the New Hampshire-based mobile communication company, Ping4 Inc., replaces the antiquated Reverse 911 system, which Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis said became “untenable.” Read more…

Nov 7, 2012

Sheriff & Sharks Team Up to Fight Hunger

WORCESTER – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis and Worcester Sharks President Michael A. Mudd have announced that the Office of the Worcester County Sheriff and the Worcester Sharks Organization have teamed up with Price Chopper for the 7th Annual Worcester County Sheriff’s Food Drive to be held when the Worcester Sharks host the Connecticut Whale on Saturday, November 17th at 7:00p.m. at the DCU Center.

In addition, former New England Patriot Kevin Faulk will sign autographs in the DCU Center Concourse from 2-4pm and Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis will drop the puck at game time. Read more…

Aug 7, 2012

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 2013 Calendar now on sale featuring Worcester County Sheriff’s Department K9s

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their 2013 color calendar featuring the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department’s bloodhounds Adam and Molly, in the month of June, as well as other Massachusetts police dogs. The calendar is now on sale for $15.00 online and at select retailers. Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests for police dogs actively working without the potentially life saving equipment. Read more…