The Hampden County Correctional Center, also known as the “Main Institution,” is located in Ludlow, Massachusetts.
Seven buildings comprise the Main Institution, which has three housing towers for both pretrial detainees and sentenced inmates. The facility is divided into 24 living units and runs under a Unit Management and Direct Supervision mode of operation.
All sentenced inmates go through a Basic Inmates’ Intensive Regimen, where they are expected to maintain a 40-hour work week participating in productive activities within the facility. Activities include both job assignments and programs that focus on substance abuse, education, employment, anger management, victim awareness, etc.
Sheriff Nick Cocchi’s philosophy is that re-entry into the community begins on day one of incarceration and that the intent of the medium-security facility is to begin a continuum of return to the community as law-abiding, productive citizens.