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Massachusetts Sheriff To Be Honored Monday At White House


The longest serving county sheriff in Massachusetts is being honored at the White House Monday for efforts to help people with criminal records re-enter society.

Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe will be recognized for his efforts over two decades to partner with hundreds of community organizations to find jobs for thousands of offenders coming out of jail.

" You think back at jails and prisons, the caption people had was ' out of sight out of mind.' They're all coming back to the community. We want to make the streets and neighborhoods safe," Ashe said recently.

Ashe has been Hampden County Sherrif for forty years. He plans to retire in 2016.