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Middlesex Sheriff, UMass Lowell to Collaborate on Research


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Jill Gambon, UMass Lowell, 978-934-3297,
Michael Hartigan, Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, 781-960-2800,

* M E D I A   A D V I S O R Y *

Law Enforcement, University Partner to Study Inmate Behavior, Seek Answers to Issues

Thursday, June 30, 2011
1:30 p.m.


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

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224