Community Outreach

Youth Tours


 
The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office offers their own version of the, well-known, Scared Straight Program. Escorted by a Correctional Officer, at risk youth are given a tour of the facility and an up close look at what life is like behind bars. The tour finishes with a presentation by a hand-picked group of inmates, who share their stories on how poor choices led them to incarceration. The main focus of the presentation is on how bad decisions and criminal behavior leads serious consequences and impacts their families. The inmates also emphasize the ramifications of substance abuse, as eighty-five percent of inmates at the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction are addicted to drugs and alcohol.
 
Tours can be modified to accommodate groups of students that may be interested in the criminal justice field. The WCSO tour coordinator will work with school faculty, administration or a parent to set-up a group or individual tour that will fit their needs. If you are interested in learning more about this program or setting up a tour, please contact Annie O’Toole at (508)854-1801 or aotoole@sdw.state.ma.us.