Worcester, Massachusetts ex-offender programs and agencies help reentering prisoners and other ex-offenders find jobs, housing, and other services. The goal is to provide ex-offenders with the skills and services needed to live independent and successful lives.
Resources for Ex-Offenders
- IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS -
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Massachusetts ex-offender and reentry agencies help former prisoners meet basic needs such as housing, employment, and social support. Services are free, and often also include substance abuse and mental health services, and HIV counseling and treatment.
The state Regional Reentry Center (RRC) serving Worcester is located at 332 Main Street, Suite 201, Worcester, MA 01608, 508-753-7252. Regional Reentry Centers have information about the Transitional Housing Program, and other support services for ex-offenders and parolees. Other ex-offender agencies, run by non-profit groups, often serve former prisoners throughout the state.
Ex-offender programs offer specialized services to help Massachusetts residents with criminal records overcome barriers to finding employment and housing.
Ex-offender programs include:
- One-Stop Career-Center Ex-Offender Services
- Dismas House, Dismas Farm, and Father Brooks House
- Moving Ahead Program (MAP)
- STRIVE Boston Employment Service
- local ex-offender programs
"How do I ...?" questions of interest to ex-offenders include "How do I get a copy of my CORI • get a copy of my birth certificate • get a driver's license or Mass. ID card • replace a lost Social Security card • get help with child support payments • vote • get free voice mail • and more.
Your CORI is a record of all criminal cases where you appeared before a judge in a court in Massachusetts. Having a CORI record can cause many problems, especially when you are looking for a job or housing. It is important for you to know what is in your CORI, and to fix mistakes and seal records if possible. The Legal Advocacy and Resource Center Hotline (617-603-1700 or 1-800-342-LAWS) provides free help.
Anyone with a conviction for a sexual offense in Massachusetts, who is unclassified, or classified as a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 Sex Offender by the Sex Offender Registry Board, is included in the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry. The public has access to SORI information for Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. People who commit sex offenses should get legal help to make sure their classification accurately represents how dangerous they are to the public and their likelihood of re-offense.