3-14-16 Sentinel & Enterprise: Should illegals be allowed to drive?
"The current policy of linking eligibility of driving with immigrant status means that we have tens of thousands of drivers currently out on our roads who are not trained, who are not licensed and who are not insured..."
Female inmates at the Dartmouth Women's Center came together to create a custom quilt, part of the Domestic Violence Program at the jail. The goal of the project was to speak out against violence, and teach the women to work in unity.
Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson said he believes it is a bracelet from Massachusetts, and likely was issued by a sheriff’s department. Bristol County and Norfolk County both told FOX25 it did not belong to them...
2-22-16 Brietbart - Law Enforcement Sides with Chris Crane After Rubio’s Anti-ICE Tirade
Law enforcement are vocally backing Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council President Chris Crane following Sen. Marco Rubio’s apparent attempt to discredit Crane, an ICE officer of 13 years and U.S. veteran...
2-4-16 Masslive - 'Trust Act' revives debate over Massachusetts enforcement of immigration law
BOSTON - Immigrant groups are renewing their lobbying push for a bill that would prohibit state or local police from arresting or detaining an undocumented immigrant solely because of his immigration status...
2-2-16 WBSM - Bristol County Sheriff’s Department Receives Opioid Grant
Thanks to a quarter of a million dollar grant from the Federal Government, the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department will be reaching out for the first time to prisoners awaiting trail with warnings about the opioid crisis.
1-29-16 WBSM - Twenty Arrested in Taunton as Part of Warrant Sweep
Twenty people are arrested in Taunton Tuesday as part of a multi-agency warrant sweep. The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, along with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, and Taunton Police carried out the sweep and arrested the twenty people Tuesday morning.
1-11-16 Bristol County Receives $400,000 Federal Grant to Expand Juvenile Drug Courts
“The Bristol County Sheriff's Office will work with the Trial Court and all other stakeholders to meet the holistic needs of Juvenile Drug Court participants and engage their families as a valued partner in all components of the program, to prevent repeated court involvement and improve behavioral health outcomes,” said Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson.
1-8-16 Examining the state of relations between the people and their protectors
Chairman Luke Messer (IN-06) and U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08), Chair of the Republican Policy Committee Law Enforcement Task Force, will hold a hearing titled “Examining the state of relations between the people and their protectors” on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The Task Force was established to examine ways to restore the vital relationship between police and communities.
Jennifer Canario, Director of the Domestic Violence Program at the Dartmouth Women’s Center, hangs a painted T-shirt painted by an inmate. The T-shirts were painted with various colors depicting the type of abuse the participants endured. Known as the “Clothesline Project,” the program is grant funded and directed by the Women’s Center of New Bedford. Participants are asked to express their own experiences, with the hope of preventing violence & abuse.
11-23-15 Volunteers donate medical equipment to Azores
The Bristol County Sheriff's Office, including Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, assisted with the loading of items to be packed and shipped.... (Click here for article)
11-19-15 New group pushes for criminal justice reforms
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he would rather see efforts directed toward front-end intervention to prevent people from turning to crime in the first place...(Click here for article)
11-19-15 Boston Herald: Chabot: Cops say legal pot ‘makes no sense’
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson is down south this weekend discussing immigration reform and getting a firsthand look at U.S. Border Patrol activities... (Click here for article)
10-29-15 Law enforcement group pushes for criminal justice reforms
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian is a founding member of a national group devoted to lowering crime and incarceration rates. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, however, says focusing on front-end prevention would be a more effective approach... (Click here for article)
10-26-15 Sex offenders bolting despite high-tech GPS bracelets
New data show that up to 18 arrest warrants are issued across the Bay State every day after court-ordered GPS monitors are cut off, smashed... (Click here for article)
10-19-15 Letter: Profile Rock suffers under bad actors
“One person who does deserve praise through all this is Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, his men, and the inmates... (Click here for article)
10-16-15 Cleanup Of Profile Rock Almost Complete
The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office Anti-Graffiti Unit has made steady progress in removing the racist graffiti that was recently spray-painted on Profile Rock. (Click here for article)
10-7-15 Sheriff Testifies on Immigration
The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Committee on Judiciary Hearing Testimony of Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson (Click here for video)
9-22-15 Why a Prominent Massachusetts Sheriff Opposes a State Sanctuary Bill
Immigration Reform – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson argues that the legislation poses a threat to public safety and would require law enforcement officers to violate their oath to uphold the law.
9-21-15 Hodgson Thanks Donors To Sheriff’s K-9 Program
WBSM – Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson is thanking donors to the Sheriff Department’s canine program. During a news conference on Friday at the House of Correction in Dartmouth, the Sheriff recognized Kathleen...
PROVIDENCE – Massachusetts could become a safe hub for undocumented immigrants. A house bill by Representative Evandro Carvalho hopes to turn the commonwealth into a sanctuary state. This would mean, among other things, that police can’t question someone’s immigration status or share intelligence with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers. (Click here for video)
9-15-15 Bristol County officials seeking aid from White House to fight opiate abuse
Taunton Gazette — Bristol County wants in on a White House program that has sent millions of dollars to “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas” to combat heroin abuse.... (Click here for article)
9-11-15 Battleship Cove 9/11 ceremony a remembrance and education lesson
Herald News — The ceremony was held in front of the carousel, next to the granite and bronze marker placed in the lawn to honor the 93 Massachusetts residents who died when the Towers burned and fell... (Click here for article)
8-13-15 'Orange Is the New Black' author visits Bristol County inmates
Herald News — Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson welcomed the real-life inspiration behind the acclaimed Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black." .... (Click here for article)
8-5-15 Sheriff Speaks Out Against President Obama's Immgration Policy
NECN NEWS — Standing in front of rows of empty beds that in the past were filled by undocumented immigrants detained for committing crimes, .... (Click here for video)
8-5-15 Standard Times: Bristol County Sheriff Hodgson rips federal immigration policies
Standing in front of rows of empty beds that in the past were filled by undocumented immigrants detained for committing crimes, Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson complained about federal policies he said are allowing immigrants to be released and possibly commit more crimes.
8-5-15 Sun Chronicle: Bristol sheriff critical of federal immigrant policy
Sun Chronicle — Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson charged Tuesday that federal policy is allowing dangerous illegal immigrants to be released from jail, freeing them to commit more crimes. .... (Click here for article)
8-5-15 American Family Radio: Interview on Sandy Rios in the Morning on AFRTALK
7-27-15 Herald News: Sheriff says personnel are keeping eye on military recruitment centers
FALL RIVER — Spurred by last week’s deadly shooting at a military recruiting station Tennessee, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said he has directed his personnel to periodically drive around local recruiting centers to make their presence felt. (Click here for a full description)
7-21-15 WBZ TV - Mass. Sheriff Skeptical Of Obama’s Prison Reform Plan
BOSTON (CBS) – If the President wants prison reform and he wants to reduce the sentences for some non-violent drug offenders, he won’t get much support from Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson." (Click here for a full description)
7-9-15 Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson appointed to a newly formed "Regional Representative Committee" representing Sheriff's in 7 Northeast States.
During a recent National Sheriff's Convention in Baltimore, Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson was appointed to a six member panel of a newly formed "Regional Representative Committee..." (Click here for a full description)
The City Council in Lawrence — where a twice-deported immigrant is accused of running a drug-trafficking operation — is considering a resolution in support of a bill that would allow illegal immigrants in Massachusetts to apply for driver’s licenses. (Click here for full article)
3-26-15 Immigration Forum with Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson
Sheriff Hodgson is hosting a community forum on the subject of Immigration on March 26, 2015 from 6-9pm at the Fisherman's Club in New Bedford (639 Orchard Street). The topic discussed will be the importance of achieving immigration reform and will include the adverse impact illegal immigration is having on public safety, national security, public health, education, and economic well-being for United States citizens and legal residents.
The event will include a question and answer period and will end with a discussion about strategies we can utilize to end the 20 years of inaction by Congress and lead us to a legitimate comprehensive immigration policy.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Grace Ouellette at 508.995.6400 ext. 2401.
3-18-15 Atlantis Charter School Students 'Head to Court'
Atlantis Charter Students take part in mock trial; Assisted by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, the grade school children learned about the the judicial system
President Barack Obama's executive order deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants was met with jubilation by some on SouthCoast, while others called it a dangerous precedent with chilling potential.
“As long as there are signals being sent out that people can come here illegally and we’re just going to take care of them, then they’re just going to keep on coming,” Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said yesterday from the Texas border on a fact-finding tour. “Neither the president nor the governor have come down to the border to see what’s happening — had they taken the time to come down, they would understand why sending people to Massachusetts is not the answer.”
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is one of six sheriffs from across the country who are visiting the Rio Grande Valley this week to discuss border security with federal and state law enforcement authorities.
7-14-14 Fox Boston Some illegal immigrants flown to Mass. stay in-state awaiting asylum claims
The Bristol Country Sheriff is calling on sheriffs across the country to express their concern over a recent influx of illegal immigrants being transported to communities across the US from the border. Click here to watch video
7-14-14 Boston Herald
‘Unprecedented’ immigrant issue a drain for state
The unprecedented shipment of illegal immigrants from Texas to Massachusetts is not only straining the resources of local jails, it is costing taxpayers millions of dollars for health care, the Bristol County Sheriff said yesterday.
Illegal immigrants are being secretly flown to Massachusetts and kept in local lockups in an under-the-radar operation that has alarmed lawmen who are raising health and security concerns amid recent spikes in detainees coming up from Texas during the latest border crisis.
4-23-14 NOTICE Effective May 5th, 2014, the Bristol County Sheriff's Office will no longer provide or accept inmate money envelopes for deposit. New Kiosks will be introduced in the lobby of the Dartmouth House of Correction.
10-3-13 Recent Photo Taunton, MA – The “R.U.O.K.” Program will now be offered to residents of Taunton. The "R.U.O.K." Program is a free daily telephone calling service provided by the Bristol County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Police Department and the Department of Human Services. The program is designed for senior citizens, disabled persons, and shut-ins living in Bristol County. For more information, click here.
From Left to right: Director of Human Services Anne Bisson, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, Mayor Thomas Hoye, Taunton Police Chief Edward Walsh, and Officer John Munis.
9-11-13 Recent Photo FALL RIVER, MA – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson speaks at a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Battleship Cove.
8-23-13 Recent Photo Dartmouth, MA – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Regional President of the Azores Vasco Cordeiro sign an agreement of understanding pledging cooperation on deportation issues Friday in Dartmouth.
7-25-13 Recent Photo Dartmouth, MA – Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson signs a TRIAD Agreement with Police Chief Timothy Lee and Debra Ann Raymond, Director of the Council on Aging. TRIAD is a cooperative agreement between local law enforcement and older persons in the community working to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly.
Inside Hernandez's life at Bristol County Jail
NECN went into a cell similar to Hernandez's. He has a bunk bed all to himself, a small sink/toilet combination, mirror, small desk, and a window with bars to the outside world.
BOSTON (CBS) – Most Americans admit that our immigration system is broken. Too many people fall through the cracks, and going through the proper channels has become such a long and arduous process that many don’t even bother...
Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson has been in Washington working on the issue, and he sits down with Dan to talk about what he does and doesn’t like about the Senate’s potential plan.
5-23-13 New bill would treat 17-year-olds as juvenilesCh 10 Video
5-22-13 Broadside: Immigration debate
(NECN: Jim Braude) - Joining Jim Braude on “Broadside” Tuesday night to discuss immigration are Bristol, Mass., County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Sarang Sekhavat, of Mass Immigration Reform Advocacy (MIRA).
5-15-13 Sheriff Hodgson Unhappy With Immigration Bill
Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson is not a big fan of the latest Immigration Reform Bill making its way through Congress, even after attending a White House briefing Tuesday for law enforcement personnel
2-13-12 Recent Photo - Students from Southeastern Regional Vocational High School who enrolled in the "Community Emergency Response Team" Program were awarded certificates for their accomplishments. 15 students graduated from the program.
12-26-12 New photo gallery featuring inmate work crews throughout Bristol County
The Bristol County Sheriff’s Community Work Program has been helping the communities of Bristol County for several years. The Sheriff's Program includes an Anti-Graffiti Unit, multiple paint crews, and a variety of work programs that save cities and towns thousands of dollars annually.
Recent Photo - A Law Enforcement Training Seminar was recently held at the Bristol County Sheriff's Office regarding Transnational Gangs, Drug Cartels and Terrorism. Various law enforcement agencies attended the event. Key speakers included:
Robert Najmulski, a Ret. Deputy Sheriff for Orange and Los Angeles Counties, & a Field Representative for the Federation For American Immigration Reform
Sgt. Richard Valdemar, Retired LASD, & International Gang Expert
10-22-12 RECENT VIDEO Keller @Large: BOSTON (CBS) – The impact of the drug lab scandal on Bristol County was one of the topics WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller covered Sunday on “Keller @ Large” as he sat down with Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson. Click here to view the video
10-2-12 RECENT VIDEO: Sheriff Hodgson Threatens to Close Jail - FOX25 TV. Click here to view the video interview
7-19-12 RECENT PHOTO: Vested Interest in K-9s Inc. is a non-profit fundraising organization dedicated to providing bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement K-9′s throughout the United States. The organization recently donated 6 new canine protective vests to the Bristol County Sheriff's Office. From left to right are K9 Officers Gene Robinson, Sgt. Paul Douglas, Lt. Jeffrey Williams, Sandy Marcel from Vested Interest, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, Chris Medeiros and Brennan Bulgar.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 2013 Calendar features Bristol County Sheriff’s Office K9 teams
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their 2013 color calendar featuring two K9 teams from the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. The calendar is now on sale for $15.00 online and at select retailers. Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests for police dogs actively working without the potentially life saving equipment.
5-17-12 RECENT PHOTO: Sheriff Thomas Hodgson takes part in "Volunteer Appreciation Night" and recognized 23 individuals who volunteer their time to support our staff and inmate population. To the Sheriff's left is James Rioux, Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Bristol County Sheriff's Office. For more information about volunteer services, please click here.
5-15-12 Click here for a list of upcoming "IRIS" scannings in the community
5-15-12 Sheriff Hodgson Interviewed on Emily Rooney Show WGBH TV Video
5-15-12 Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Carol Rose, Executive Director of the ACLU, discuss Secure Communities NECN TV Video
5-15-12 Sheriff welcomes ICE, local officers sharing crime infoBoston Herald
5-15-12 Inmates to fix Freetown Town Hall ramp, repaint lib... Herald News
5-9-12 Immigration Reform: Secure Communities to be activated in Mass.
(Fox News Boston) - Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson, all longtime supporters of Secure Communities, recently joined the FOX 25 Morning News.
4-23-12 Inmate Brenda Costa (center) stands with members from the Partner's Village Store & Kitchen. The employees delivered boxes of books that were donated as part of "World Book Night." From left are Lisa Cusick, Deborah Brooke, Inmate Brenda Costa, Jan Hall and Debbie Torre. (Click here for the full story on Herald News)
4-10-12 Should fingerprints be passed along to FBI? NECN TV
(NECN TV) - Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who is for Secure Communities, joined "The Morning Show" to discuss the issue.
2-21-12 Immigration Reform: Push for Secure Communities
(FOX 25/MyFoxBoston.com) - The illegal immigration debate is heating up again following the arrest of a suspected illegal immigrant in Milford for a stabbing. Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is interviewed in the Fox 25 Studio.
RECENT PHOTO 9-19-11 Mac Bledsoe, father of former Patriots Player Drew Bledsoe, speaks to staff members at the Darmouth House of Correction. A career schoolteacher and coach of 31 years, Mr. Bledsoe has the gift of communicating with both parents and young people. He is the founder of "Parenting with Dignity," an program that promotes good parenting skills across the country.
6-1-11 VIDEO CLIP: Inmates in the Bristol County House of Correction - Therapeutic Music Program perform for other inmates and staff (Youtube Video)
6-2-11 RECENT PHOTO: Inmates from the Bristol County House of Correction Work Program help to transfer cases of water to Somerset residents who have been affected by the townwide water ban. (Herald News Article)
5-3-11 Bristol County Sheriff Hodgson: Bin Laden's Death a Display of American Resolve. Click here for full story: (Herald News Article)
5-23-11 RECENT PHOTO: A Memorial Service is held honoring all officers and staff who have died while employed by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office.
11-24-10 Inmates from the Dartmouth House of Correction Assembled 450 Food Boxes and bags at the Salvation Army, 619 Purchase St., New Bedford. The boxes were distributed to the less fortunate for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
9-28-10 Ch10: Sheriff Hodgson is interviewed about bullying: (WJAR Ch 10)
9-1-10 Agreement Signed: North Attleboro Triad Program: (Sun Chronicle)
8-26-10 Anti-Bully Conference at Sheriff's Department: (Standard Times)
8-26-10 Anti-Bully Conference at Sheriff's Department: (FR Herald News)
Bristol County Sheriff's
Office K-9 Unit is pleased
to announce a $5,000 donation
from Del Monte Pet Products
and Milk-Bone in partnership
with Stop & Shop towards
the purchase of a new
police dog. This donation
is part of an on-going
effort to support local
law enforcement and security
representatives of the
area's criminal justice
and social service agencies
came together on Thursday
at the Bristol County
Jail and House of Correction
for the introductory
session of Reclaiming
Futures, an approach
aimed at giving adolescents
with drug problems the
support they need to
stay out of jail and
lead successful lives...
caused by overdoses
of heroin and other
opioids, such as oxycontin,
rose more than 7 percent
per year from 2000-2006
in Massachusetts. 2/3
of all poisonings reported
to the Massachusetts
Department of Public
Health (MDPH) during
2006 were the result
of opioid overdoses...
word "hero" gets a bit
threadbare from overuse,
but I believe that there
is no other way to describe
the men and women charged
with the care and custody
of the inmates in the
penal institutions of
13-day odyssey in which
Anthony Fly, an alleged
multiple rapist, tried
to flee from the inevitable
ended last Monday only
a few miles from where
it began when he was apprehended
while hitchhiking with
$800 in his pocket on
Route 6 in Westport.