Jodi Hockert-Lotz was hired by Bristol County Sheriff Paul Heroux as the Director of Inmate Services at the BCSO.

Bristol County Sheriff’s Office welcomes new director of inmate services, Jodi Hockert-Lotz

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“The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office has a familiar face in place as the new director overseeing all aspects of inmate reentry, rehabilitation, and well-being.

Jodi Hockert-Lotz, who has nine years of corrections experience at the BCSO and most recently eight years of experience at the Mass. Department of Correction, was hired by Sheriff Paul Heroux to be the Director of Inmate Services at the BCSO.

Hockert-Lotz joined Sheriff Heroux Wednesday morning to meet with staff and share the Sheriff’s strategic plan and reorganization of staff in the newly created inmate services division.

“I’m looking forward to working with all of you,” she said to the room full or programs, reentry, caseworkers and others staff gathered Wednesday morning. “I’m very excited to be back.”

Hocket-Lotz, a Westport resident and UMass Dartmouth graduate, spent more than eight years at the BCSO starting in 2005, working with classification and programs. She then moved to the DOC, where she supervised treatment, reentry and classification services at state prisons in Bridgewater, Norfolk, Framingham and Walpole.

Hockert-Lotz will report directly to Sheriff Heroux and oversee all aspects of inmate care and custody, including substance abuse treatment, vocational and educational programming, food, medical services, reentry, classification and more as head of the newly created inmate services division.

The strategic plan and reorganization was discussed with staff Wednesday morning. It focuses on increasing services related to inmate housing, health care, employment and other aspects of rehabilitation.

“Previously, we had a lot of people who had two supervisors. They reported to two people, we had little cross training, and we had hardly any succession planning,” Sheriff Heroux said. “Now, we’re shuffling things around and bringing all aspects of inmate services under one person. Our social workers and reentry staff can focus on what they do to do their jobs better without being spread too thin. If one unit is focused on health care, one unit focused on housing, etc., it’s harder for an inmate to slip through the cracks. This will reduce recidivism and improve public safety.”

She can be reached at JodiHockertLotz@bcso-ma.org.”

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