Hampden County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

Like other counties in Massachusetts, Hampden County only describes a geographical area and has no county government. It also does not have county-wide crime data but rather crime statistics for the cities and towns that make up the county. Hampden County seat is the City of Springfield. It is also the largest community in the county. Its crime data is representative of overall crime trend in the whole county.

In 2017, Springfield recorded 1,351 violent crimes and 4,594 property crimes. Compared to the 2013 totals for the city, these figures represent a 19.2% dip in violent crime rate and a 35.4% reduction in property crime rate. A closer look at Springfield's 2017 crime data shows that the Police Department recorded 14 murders, 73 rapes, 380 robberies, and 884 aggravated assaults. Reported incidences of property crimes include 1,183 burglaries, 2,902 larcenies, 509 motor vehicle thefts, and 37 arsons.

The five-year crime trend for Springfield shows that reports of all of these crimes declined between 2013 and 2017. Murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault rates fell by 36.4%, 18%, 36.5%, and 8.3% respectively. Similarly, burglary (49.9%), larceny (27.8%), motor vehicle theft (30.7%), and arson (33.9%) rates dipped significantly in the five-year period.

Criminal Records

The Department of Criminal Justice Information Services provides background checks for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It offers name-based and fingerprint-based criminal record checks. While the general public can request for named-based criminal history checks, fingerprint-based ones are for pre-approved agencies. Both options require users to register before accessing the service.

Use Massachusetts iCORI System to search the state's court records for an individual's criminal records. Register for the Statewide Applicant Fingerprint Identification Services results (SAFIS-R) to request a fingerprint-based search.

The various police departments in the cities and towns of Hampden County provide incident and accident reports for events that occurred within their jurisdictions. For example, incident reports for the City of Springfield are available from the Springfield Police Department. Visit the Springfield Police Headquarters located at 130 Pearl Street to obtain an incident report in person. Members of the public can request these reports from Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Each report costs $1. Alternatively, send a mail request to:

Springfield Police Department
Clerk's Office
130 Pearl Street
Springfield, MA 01105

Include a check or money order for report fees payable to the City of Springfield.

Police departments in Hampden County register sex offenders living, working, and attending institutions of higher learning within their jurisdictions. They pass on these data to the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This organization makes information about Level 3 (most likely to reoffender) and some Level 2 (moderate risk) offenders publicly available online. Search the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry by name, zip code, and street address. You can also restrict your search by selecting Hampden from the county drop-down menu or choosing any of its cities and towns.

The Hampden County Sheriff's Department oversees the operation of the five correctional facilities in the county. These are:

Hampden County Correctional Center (Main Institution)
627 Randall Rd, Ludlow, MA 01056
Phone: (413) 547-8000

Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center (WCC)
701 Center Street, Chicopee, MA, 01013
Phone: (413) 730-6800

Hampden County Pre-Release Center
325 Alabama St, Ludlow, MA 01056
Phone: (413) 547-8000

Western Massachusetts Wellness and Recovery Center
155 Mill Street, Springfield, MA

Stonybrook Stabilization & Treatment Centers
627 Randall Road, Ludlow, MA 01056
Phone: (413) 858-0701
Joann.Grkovic@sdh.state.ma.us

155 Mill Street, Springfield, MA 01105
Phone: (413) 547-8000 Ext. 3132
anthony.scibelli@sdh.state.ma.us

To deposit funds in inmates' accounts, visit the Inmate Account offices in these facilities between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. You can also deposit money at the kiosk located in the Main Institution, via phone by calling (866) 345-1885 or online at www.accesscorrections.com.

Court Records

Hampden County has a Superior Court, five District Courts, three Juvenile Courts, one Probate and Family Court, and one Housing Court. Below are the addresses and contact information of these courts:

Hampden County Superior Court
Hampden County Hall of Justice
50 State Street,
P.O. Box 559, Springfield, MA 01102
Phone: (413) 735-6016
Fax: (413) 737-1611

Chicopee District Court
30 Church Street, Chicopee, MA 01020
Phone: (413) 598-0099
Fax: (413) 594-6187

Holyoke District Court
20 Court Plaza, Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 538-9710
Fax: (413) 533-7165

Palmer District Court
235 Sykes Street, Suite 3, Palmer, MA 01069
Phone: (413) 283-8916
Fax: (413) 283-6775

Springfield District Court
Hampden County Hall of Justice
50 State Street,
P.O. Box 2421, Springfield, MA 01102
phone: (413) 748-8600
Fax: (413) 747-4841 (Civil)
Fax: (413) 747-4842 (Criminal)

Westfield District Court
224 Elm Street, Westfield, MA 01085
Phone: (413) 568-8946
Fax: (413) 568-4863

Hampden Probate and Family Court
Hampden County Hall of Justice
50 State Street,
P.O. Box 559, Springfield, MA 01102
phone: (413) 748-7760
Fax: (413) 781-5605

Western Housing Court - Springfield Session
37 Elm Street,
P.O. Box 559, Springfield, MA 01102
Phone: (413) 748-7838
Fax: (413) 732-4607

Holyoke Juvenile Court
121 Elm Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 322-6700

Palmer Juvenile Court
235 Sykes Street, Suite 3, Palmer, MA 01069
Phone: (413) 283-1057

Springfield Juvenile Court
80 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: (413) 748-7860

Find the records of these courts using the Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access portal. Case records are also accessible from the public access computer terminals at the courthouses listed above. Note that Juvenile Court records are restricted and not publicly available. To access copies of your juvenile records, contact the Hampden County Juvenile Court where the case was heard.

Vital Records

Divorce records for the county are maintained at the Hampden Probate and Family Court. Download and complete a Request for Copies form and bring it to the courthouse at the address listed above. Alternatively, send the completed form to the courthouse's postal address and include the appropriate payment. The fee for a certified copy of a Judgement of Divorce Nisi is $20. Similarly, a copy of a certificate of Divorce Absolute costs $20. Accepted forms of payment include attorney's, bank certified, and bank cashier's checks as well as money order. Make your check payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts' Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS) provides copies of marriage, birth, and death certificates for Hampden County. You can order the certified copies of these records in person by visiting the Registry counter located at 150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125 between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Cash and check are accepted for copy fees when requesting for vital records in person.

To request for these records by mail, start by completing a vital records mail order form. Send this, along with a check or money order payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt. Vernon St.
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

Each certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage certificate costs $20 when requested in person. The fee for mail request is $32.

Some cities and towns of Hampden County also provide copies of these vital records on request. For the City of Springfield, you can obtain a certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage certificate by visiting or mailing a request form tothe City Clerk's Office located at:

City Hall Room 123
36 Court Street
Springfield, MA 01103

When ordering for these records by mail, send a completed birth, death, or marriage certificate form. The office opens by 8:30 a.m. from Monday to Friday and closes by 4:00 p.m. except on Thursday when it closes by 6:00 p.m. The fee for each certified copy of these vital records is $20.