CPO’s Mission

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. In 2012, CPO has almost 35 faith communities and countless individuals supporting and volunteering for its mission.

Concord Prison Outreach is a volunteer, non-profit corporation that helps reduce recidivism through developing and delivering educational and personal growth programs. We work cooperatively with the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and are principally based at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Concord, and at Northeastern Correctional Center, Concord. CPO strives to prepare inmates for returning to society as responsible and productive citizens.

To fulfill this mission, Concord Prison Outreach communicates regularly with local faith groups; recruits and supports volunteers; seeks the financial support of local faith communities, individuals and businesses; and informs the people of Concord and surrounding towns about current issues involving prisons and the criminal justice system in order to build awareness and understanding.

Our programs cover a wide range of educational topics such as tutoring, Adult Basic Education, Alternatives to Violence, English as a Second Language, Money Smart, Computer Basics, Lbrary services, parenting classes … to mention just a few. 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.