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Essex sheriff to speak at forum in Newburyport

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Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger will speak on the challenges facing individuals who are incarcerated or recently released and pending prison reform legislation at a free public forum from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the First Religious Society Lower Meeting House, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Coppinger‘s department oversees nine facilities that hold about 2,000 criminal offenders, employs over 500 people, and has an annual budget of about $45 million. For more information, call Amy Weickert at 978-821-3415.

Linda Greenstein can be reached at greensteinlm@gmail.com.