Launched multiple programs aimed at giving individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders a second chance by offering them treatment and a path toward recovery.
• Government Efficiency
• Sentencing Reform
• Juvenile Justice
• Parole Eligibility
• 86% of veteran participants in military correctional unit have not re-offended
• 64 men have successfully completed six-month drug treatment program
• Ensured women have access to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Electronic Monitoring Program
"We have a brief window of opportunity to address the factors, including substance use and mental health disorders, that lead to a person’s incarceration. I want to use the time we have to offer evidence-based programming proven to help inmates prepare for reentry and enhance public safety.”
Peter J. Koutoujian was sworn in as the 30th Sheriff of Middlesex County on January 21, 2011. During his six years in office, Sheriff Koutoujian has focused on launching a new era at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office with a series of initiatives aimed at addressing the factors that lead to incarceration using new, innovative approaches.
Established in 1692, the Middlesex County Sheriff’s office serves a population of 1.5 million people in 54 cities and towns. In his role, Koutoujian is the chief law enforcement officer of America’s 23rd most populous county and is responsible for overseeing a pretrial and sentenced population of approximately 1,100 men at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction.
As a former public health official and assistant district attorney, Sheriff Koutoujian brings a unique perspective to the field of corrections. The successful programming at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office stems from Sheriff Koutoujian’s belief that incarceration can be “a window of opportunity” to address the factors that lead to criminal behavior.
Under Sheriff Koutoujian’s leadership, the MSO has launched multiple programs aimed at giving individuals with substance use and mental health disorders a second chance by offering them treatment and a path toward recovery. Programs offered at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction include medication-assisted treatment, a specialized veterans unit, and modified cognitive behavioral therapy programs.
Now in his second term, the Sheriff is receiving national attention for his work to reform our justice system, so it is responsive, cost-effective, and prioritizes rehabilitation while protecting public safety.
In just the last two legislative sessions, Sheriff Koutoujian testified in favor of successful efforts to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction and repeal the automatic license suspension law for those convicted of non-motor vehicle drug offenses. He also spearheaded bipartisan legislation, which calls for the Medicaid of those entering incarceration to be suspended, rather than terminated, allowing for greater continuity of post-release care.
Sheriff Koutoujian is a founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration, a national group of over 150 police chiefs, attorneys general, chief prosecutors and agency leaders committed to reducing rates of incarceration. In October 2015, Koutoujian also was selected to serve as a member of the bipartisan Massachusetts Criminal Justice Working Group which provided recommendations on reforms to the Commonwealth’s criminal justice laws.