There's a New Sheriff in Town!

In November 2017, Kevin Coppinger, a 33-year veteran police officer, became Essex County Sheriff, replacing long term sheriff Frank Cousins. What are the challenges and surprises he has faced in his new job? What does he think of the criminal justice measures coming up in the Massachusetts Legislature? How is the opioid epidemic affecting our county? What are the challenges facing incarcerated and recently released members of our community?

Join Justice Action Ministry and Pennies for Poverty in welcoming Sheriff Coppinger to the Lower Meeting House on Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00pm.  There, he will describe the job of sheriff and his challenges as he fulfills this important job. We will also have a chance to bring our questions and concerns to him.
The Sheriff's department oversees 9 facilities that house over 2,000 offenders, employs 585 people, and has a budget of $45 million. It serves the ten cities and 24 towns of Essex County. Its mission includes protecting the residents of the county from criminal offenders, housing inmates in a secure and fair manner, providing academic training and rehabilitation for inmates, and educating and informing the public about the department. Please join us in welcoming Sheriff Coppinger to the First Religious Society on November 1st.