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.