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Our mission is to help reduce recidivism through developing and delivering educational and personal growth programs behind prison walls.

Concord Prison Outreach is a volunteer, non-profit corporation that works cooperatively with the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and is principally based at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Concord, and at Northeastern Correctional Center, Concord.

Concord Prison Outreach (CPO) dates back to 1968, when its first volunteers helped in prison by making curtains for the infirmary at MCI Concord. The 70′s and 80′s saw various key milestones such as appointing an Executive Director in 1986. In 1989, the name Concord Prison Outreach was established, and in 1998, CPO became an independent non-profit corporation. By 2012, CPO had almost 35 faith communities and countless individuals supporting and volunteering for its mission.

 

How We Do Our Work:

We partner with local faith groups to recruit and support volunteers. We engage the people of Concord and beyond in order to build awareness and understanding about the criminal justice system.

CPO is part of the continuum of resources and care necessary for people who are coming home from prison. Our programs cover a wide range of educational subjects, such as tutoring, Adult Basic Education, English Language Learners, Money Smart, Computer Basics, and literacy classes. We also offer community outreach projects, including the annual Holiday Gift Bag Project, Family Days, and staffing the “Kids’ Corner” in the MCI Concord visiting room. We strive to help people while they are in prison as well as prepare them for civic life after prison.