The core mission of the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office is to operate the county correctional center and to transport offenders to and from court. The Sheriff understands that 21st century corrections requires a multi-pronged approach, and has instituted programs to make sure offenders become more accountable to society and themselves.

The Norfolk County Correctional Center, which opened in Dedham in 1992, is a modern correctional facility operated under the principles of direct supervision. Under direct supervision, offenders are classified according to the type of crime they committed and their criminal background. They are housed with similarly classified offenders in units within the jail.

The average sentence served at the Norfolk County Correctional Center is approximately 3 months. The Sheriff recognizes that virtually every Norfolk County offender will return to the community. Therefore, we have developed an Offender Re-entry Program to prepare them for a successful transition to a law-abiding lifestyle upon their release. The program -- which the Massachusetts Attorney General hailed as a “model for the entire state” – helps offenders find employment, housing and support counseling outside the jail prior to their release so that they don’t just fall back into bad habits when they return to their communities. The Re-entry Program also informs local police departments and probation officers about impending releases so that offenders receive post-release supervision. When sex offenders complete their jail terms, Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office staff members drive them directly to their local police department to make certain that they register as sex offenders as required by law.


The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office provides a range of programs and services that are appropriate to the needs of offenders which include, but are not limited to: religious services, mentoring program, individual and group counseling, health education, recreation and leisure time activities and evidence-based programming.

These programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Anger Management
  • Compulsive Behavior
  • Coping Skills
  • Domestic Relations
  • Mentoring Program
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Seeking Safety
  • Sex Offender Treatment
  • Substance Use Treatment
  • Thinking for a Change

Offenders are eligible to participate in the Residential Substance Use Treatment Program or the Pre-Trial Substance Use Treatment Program which focus on substance use while utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy approach and evidence-based practices.

*Note: Substance Use Treatment includes Medication Assisted Treatment and Narcan education programming.






Press Releases

Norfolk County Sheriff Patrick McDermott Named to Body Camera Taskforce
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Norfolk County Sheriff Patrick McDermott Selected for National Inaugural Jail Administration Course
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Recognizes Cohasset Eagle Scout Eric Hense as Norfolk County Hero
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office to Host Back-to-School Family Movie Night
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NCSO Recognizes Tyler Forgeron as Norfolk County Hero
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NCSO Receives Grant to Help Break Down Language Barriers for Victims
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Recognizes Nate Galante as Norfolk County Hero
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Academy Expands to Franklin
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NCSO Hosts Blood Drive in Honors of The Mighty Quinn
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Recognizes Cynthia Lewis as Norfolk County Hero
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office to Host Blood Drive in Honor of “The Mighty Quinn”
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Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Awarded Competitive Perkins Grant to Develop Workforce Training Program
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Massachusetts Department of Public Health Awards Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office $700K Grant to Expand Opioid Treatment Program
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Sheriff Patrick W. McDermott Launches “Norfolk County Heroes” Initiative
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Sheriff McDermott Praises “Are You OK” Program for Recent Saves of Two Norfolk County Residents
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Patrick McDermott Sworn In as Norfolk County Sheriff
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