The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently welcomed twin brothers Devin and Jason McCourty into the House of Correction to meet with the participants of the Department’s P.E.A.C.E. Unit. The visit was arranged through a collaborative effort between the McCourty brothers, the Boston Police Department, and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for the members of the P.E.A.C.E. Unit, which was specially developed by Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins to address the unique needs of the 18-to-25-year-old population.
The McCourty brothers engaged the members of the P.E.A.C.E. Unit in “an informal but frank discussion about their own experiences growing up in a single-parent household, their struggles with many of the ups and downs of life, including their college and professional careers, and how they worked to overcome adversity,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.
“We’ve had many different speakers and panelists who have come to meet with not only the members of this unit, but also with the men and women in our care and custody at the Department,” said Yolanda Smith, the superintendent of the House of Correction. “In almost all of the instances, they stress the importance of being resilient, surrounding yourself with positive influences, and continuing to strive for success, even in the face of adversity.”