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Law Enforcement, University Partner to Study Inmate Behavior, Seek Answers to Issues
Thursday, June 30, 2011
WHAT: Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and representatives of UMass Lowell including Chancellor Marty Meehan and faculty will sign an agreement to work together on research designed to enhance understanding of the inmate population and address issues such as recidivism.
The research will be led by Prof. James Byrne of UMass Lowell’s Criminal Justice and Criminology Department and include students in UMass Lowell’s new doctoral program in criminal justice. Byrne is a nationally recognized expert on recidivism, inmate behavior and prison culture.
The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the care, custody and control of approximately 1,400 pre-trial detainees and inmates and the operation of facilities including the Middlesex House of Correction at Billerica and the Cambridge Jail. The average stay by inmates at the House of Correction is 240 days and the maximum sentence is two-and-a-half years.
Koutoujian, a former prosecutor and state representative, was appointed Middlesex sheriff in January by Gov. Deval Patrick. Byrne has served on Koutoujian’s transition team.
The event will include UMass Lowell administrators and faculty, as well as representatives of the Sheriff’s Office.
WHERE: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell