West Boylston – The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office held an official ground breaking ceremony on May 31st to announce the construction of a new 32,000 square foot, two story Receiving, Medical & Regional Lock-Up facility. This is the first major construction project of a permanent building on the jail campus since the original West Boylston facility was built in 1973. Modular units, which still stand today were erected in 1990.
The Worcester County Jail & House of Correction located in West Boylston is responsible for both pre-trial detainees and inmates sentenced to two and a half years or less. The correctional facility currently houses over one thousand inmates and has a staff over six hundred. It is one of the oldest correctional facilities in the Commonwealth today.
The ground breaking ceremony, attended by Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will announce the construction project which will provide a centralized intake and release area, medical and mental health housing unit and regional lock-up unit, providing local police departments the ability to transport individuals who are placed into police custody directly to the Worcester County Jail for their care, custody and control. The Regional Lock-Up Unit, has long been requested by Central Mass law enforcement. Police Chiefs from throughout Central Mass were in attendance for the ceremony.
“Today’s ground breaking ceremony is the first major construction project of a new permanent building since the jail’s inception in West Boylston in 1973. This new facility will better help us address the intake process of the thousands of inmates who come into our correctional facility each year, some who may be detoxifying from opioids or alcohol or those who may have mental health and other underlying issues.” Evangelidis continued.
“In addition, we are pleased to announce the creation of a Regional Lock-Up Unit which will serve all sixty local police departments throughout Worcester County by providing a lock-up facility for individuals taken into police custody especially during weekends, holidays and off-times. Our Regional Lock-Up Unit will have the ability to provide all aspects of correctional care, custody and control. Police Chiefs from throughout the region, have long requested the need for such a facility and our Department is looking forward to providing this service.” said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.
In addition to the Governor and Lt. Governor, the ceremony included remarks from DCAMM Commissioner Carol Gladstone and Sutton Chief of Police Dennis Towle.
“It has been decades since we have seen new construction at our correctional facility. Today’s ground breaking is a great day for public safety in Worcester County. This new building serves as a resource for law enforcement and for all the citizens of Worcester County by addressing the demands of today’s correctional care and helping to make our community safer place.” said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.