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The following is a press release from the Middlesex Sheriff’s office submitted to SOURCE media.


BILLERICA – During this Passover and Easter, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is working to ensure the spiritual needs of those in our custody are continuing to be met despite measures implemented to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

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Earlier this week, our Religious Services Coordinator Pastor Pierce VanDunk worked with our Jewish chaplain to make sure every individual of Jewish faith received Seder Plates and prayer books.

For those in our care of Christian faiths, we are broadcasting Easter services specifically created for them. The Protestant and Catholic services were recorded at off-site locations by our chaplains and will be played this weekend inside the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction.

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With the start of Ramadan coming up at the end of April, the chaplaincy team has also already begun preparations to meet the needs of Muslims in our custody.

“I want to thank all our chaplains for their efforts during this unprecedented time,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.

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