Programs Overview
Orientation & Screening

All inmates that arrive at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department and House of Correction are provided with an institutional orientation that provides the inmate with understanding of operations, expectations and responsibilities. Medical, Mental Health and Educational testing is also conducted during this time period.

During this orientation phase inmates are screened for their risk of repeating criminal behavior using the LSI-R:SV screening (published by Multi-Health Systems Inc., N. Tonawanda, NY). The screening score indicates an inmate’s level of risk for recidivism as well as criminal behavior. This is a highly predictive and valid research-based tool.

The Challenge: Put High-Risk Offenders on Notice

The major idea put forward is that correctional programs should target the criminogenic risk/need areas outlined above. More specifically, programs should target those risk/need areas that are “Dynamic” (i.e. changeable) as opposed to “Static” (unchangeable).

Direction: Reducing Risk for Public Safety

The LSI-R: SV samples the domains of employment, family and substance abuse; these items not only contribute to the predictive validity of the LSI-R: SV, but also tap some of the information important to offender treatment planning.

The LSI-R: SV was designed to maximize the use of the least restrictive criminal sanctions and to ensure that high-risk offenders that require the greatest attention receive that attention.

For example, while criminal history is considered a static risk factor (cannot be changed), criminal thinking is considered dynamic (changeable) and therefore should be targeted with specific interventions. So while all of the aforementioned criminogenic factors contribute to one’s overall level of risk, only certain areas are appropriate targets for correctional intervention.

High-risk offenders should be prioritized for targeted intervention in the correctional setting as well as the community. (Accountability Pod) Research indicates that a “one size fits all” approach should be avoided. Programs should vary, therefore, in terms of their duration and intensity. Programs should be matched to meet the specific levels of risk/need of targeted offenders.

PHASE I: Fundamental Programming



Phase II: Transitional Program




The PHASE II Transitional Program greatly reduces the idle time of offenders while targeting criminogenic risk factors during the first 5 weeks of incarceration.

This model addresses the Core programming needs for every sentenced offender, capitalizing on the significant success, and culture-changing approach provided in Phase I.

Transitional Program “Intensive Regimen” Model

Offenders must complete approximately 5 weeks of core programming for other considerations such as moves to lower security.

Core Programs:

During Phase II, men attend a 4 week Transitional Program in which they participate in core programming classes that focus more intensely on substance abuse, anger management, cognitive thinking, and victim impact. Phase II classes also focus on vocational skills, employment, and career resources through a Learn 2 Earn curriculum developed by The Corrections Learning Network. This pre-employment training is enhanced by vocational program and industry overviews that each vocational instructor presents during the 4-week program. Education Program staff discusses the Adult Basic Education and college level programs offered here in a curriculum entitled Why School? Emphasis is also placed on reintegration services and post-release planning from this early point in an inmate’s period of incarceration.

Women attend a 4-week Transitions Program that has been carefully crafted to meet the gender specific needs of female offenders. Program staff teaches curriculum units such as Beginners Addiction Program, Staying Out of Jail, Exploring the World of Work, and Thinking about Relationships.

PHASE III: Program Mapping

Mapping Meetings & Required Start Dates

Mapping Meetings is the vehicle to assign inmates into PHASE III core programs. PHASE III programs are tailored to address the specific needs of each inmate. At each Mapping Meeting, Managers provide required program start dates for each inmate in order to continue to address the major criminogenic risk factors of each individual. Inmates are assigned required start dates and times for the Core Programs to Include but are not limited to the following:

Phase III Core Programs:

After completing the Transitional Programs, each sentenced offender is required to participate in the mandatory programs outlined in his/her Individual Service

Plan (ISP). The ISP is developed and based on the results of the LSI screening and psychosocial assessments completed by counselors during Phase II. Offenders begin Phase III programs within one week of completing Phase II. The weekly ISP Mapping Meeting has been instituted to ensure the prioritized and organized matriculation of inmates into Phase III programs.

Phase III programs are designed to help inmates gain skills and abilities to avoid re-offense in the future. Inmates experience a busy and productive 40-hour “work week” during their sentence here. The programs offered are designed to address core criminogenic factors and to provide a continuum of services as the offenders step down to lower security settings. The Phase III Programs are comprehensive in nature and cover a wide array of topics including:




























































PHASE IV: Release Planning

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If you would like more information on our programming regiment, please contact Andree Duval at 1-413-547-8000 x2459 or e-mail her at





Substance abuse programs are offered in our men’s units, women’s units, Pre-release Center , Day Reporting, and at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center .



28 Day Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment

Basic Life Skills Training

Ongoing Treatment

Ethos Discharge Planning

AA Meetings

NA Meetings

New Attitudes

Pathways Community Treatment

Relapse Prevention

Residential Treatment Programs

Blind Spots/Issues of Denial

Basic Drug and Alcohol Education



Education classes are offered for men and women at our main institution, Pre-release Center, Day Reporting, and at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center.

Adult Basic Education – Literacy Level


GED Preparation and testing

Special Education

Title I

ESL – Beginner

ESL – Intermediate

College Classes – STCC

Voices from the Inside

Creative Writing



Father’s Work

Mother/Child Connection


Family Program

Couples Support Program



Chaplain’s Bible Study

Christian Fellowship

Protestant Services

Protestant Choir

Catholic Bible Study

Catholic Masses

English Bible Study

English Video Bible Study

Islamic Community Meeting

Islamic Daily Prayer

Islamic Jummu’a Prayer

Islamic Quranic Studies

Jehovah’s Witness

R.E.C. Bible Study

R.E.C. Reunion

Rescue Mission

Shiloh 7 th Day Adventist Bible Study

Spanish Bible Study

Spanish Choir

Spanish Protestant Services

Spokesman’s Club Bible Study

Russian Bible Study



Veterans in Prison Program


Vocational Training is offered to men and women offenders at the Main Institution, Pre-release Center, Day Reporting, and at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center.

Vocational Exploration Program

Pre-employment Training Program

Business Vocational Skills

Culinary Arts

Custodial Maintenance Training

Graphic Arts

Construction Trades

Welding Shop

York Street Industries

Keyboarding Metro Farming Project

Barber/Beautician Apprentice

Auto Shop

Job Search




Programs are offered for men and women at the main institution, Pre-release Center, Day Reporting and at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center.

Violence Prevention

Life Management Skills

Anger Management Treatment

Domestic Violence Reduction Group

Sex Offender Education Group

Sex Offender Treatment Group


Conflict Resolution

Anger Basics

Channeling your Anger

Love and Violence I & II

Trauma Program I&II

Victim Impact

Interpersonal Relationships

Thinking for Changes


Community Accountability Board

Community Service

Transition to Community

Criminal Thinking

Stress and Anger Management



Asthma Education

AIDS Education

Diabetes Education

Men’s Health

Fitness for Life

Women’s Health Issues

Wellness Training



Unit/Pod Workers

Barber Shop

Gym Worker



Peer Educator

Peer Literacy Tutor

Facility Maintenance

Grounds Maintenance



Warehouse Workers