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Massachusetts Inmate Records

Massachusetts inmate records are the official documents containing personal and administrative information about individuals incarcerated in correctional and detention facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Personal inmate records including identifying information such as name, gender, age, race, booking photo, and inmate number. Administrative records provide details of inmates’ arrival, stay, and release from Massachusetts correctional facilities. Massachusetts upholds citizens’ rights to view and obtain copies of these records as long as they are public and non-confidential.

Structure of Massachusetts Correctional System

The Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC) manages the state’s prisons and oversees the operations of 16 correctional institutions across the state. These include two maximum security prisons, a pre-release center, and three hospital/treatment centers that double as minimum/medium security facilities. For a complete list of these facilities, check the Massachusetts Department of Correction Locations page. This page also provides the addresses and contact phone numbers of these correctional centers as well as links to institution pages on MADOC’s website.

Besides the state prisons controlled by MADOC, Massachusetts also has a number of county, city, and town jails. A Massachusetts county jail is sometimes referred to as House of Correction. Some counties differentiate jails and Houses of Correction by using the former for pretrial detainees and the latter for pretrial detainees and sentenced individuals. These detention facilities are run by local law enforcement agencies and usually house booked offenders and those with short sentences. Sheriff’s Offices oversee the operations of county jails while police departments are in charge of city and town jails in Massachusetts.

How to Contact an Inmate in Massachusetts

The MADOC allows friends and family to contact inmates incarcerated in Massachusetts state prisons by:

  • Letters sent through the postal service
  • Emails sent through Corrlinks
  • Phone

When sending a letter to an inmate in a Massachusetts prison, make sure include the inmate’s full name and commitment number in the address. Also write the complete address of the prison on the envelope. You can find it on the Massachusetts Department of Correction Locations page. Where possible, letters sent to recently released and transferred inmates will be forwarded to them. Note that MADOC officials open every letter sent to its prisons for inspection.

Friends and family can send emails to Massachusetts state prison inmates via Secure Mail, an email service offered by Corrlinks. They have to sign up for this service to use it. The email provider charges a non-refundable fee of 25 cents per email. Inmates cannot initiate email contact using this service but can reply to emails sent to them.

Massachusetts state prisons provide phone services to inmates. Offenders can call family and friends for a flat rate. To set up a phone account for an inmate or fund their phone account, visit Securus Technologies or call (800) 844-6591.

Local jails and Houses of Correction allow mail and phone contacts for their detainees and inmates. Visit the facility’s website or call its number to ask about specific rules for contacting individuals held in a county, city, or town jail. In most cases, Massachusetts jails and Houses of Correction accept letters sent to their addresses. Make sure to provide the inmate’s name and jail number on the envelope. Some also require senders to put their names and addresses on envelopes.

Jail telephone services are available from service providers like Securus Technologies and require setting up prepaid or billable accounts to use.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Massachusetts?

MADOC requires all prospective visitors to apply for visitation privileges. To do so, complete a Visitor Application Form and send it to the mailing address of the facility you wish to visit. Massachusetts state prisons’ mailing addresses are listed on Page 3 of the form. Once processed, inmates will be notified of approval or denial of visitor application requests.

Once approved, check the visiting hours of the facility where the inmate is held. These details are available on the Massachusetts Department of Correction Locations page. Note that visiting hours may change. Therefore, you should call the facility to confirm their current visiting hours.

Before heading to the facility, review specific visiting rules and regulations of the state prison as well as MADOC’s dress code policy. When visiting the facility, bring along a valid government-issued photo ID. Examples of such IDs are driver’s license, military ID, and passport.

To visit an inmate in a Massachusetts jail or House of Corrections, first visit the facility’s website to learn about its visitation rules and regulations. While some jails require visitors to apply for visitation rights, others do not have this requirement. On the facility’s website, you will also see visiting schedule and policies.

How Do I Send Money to an Inmate in Massachusetts?

Family and friends can send money to inmates in Massachusetts state prisons:

  • In person
  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail

Checks and money orders are accepted for in-person deposits. Drop these in the “Inmate Funds” box found in the lobby of each state prison. Make the check or money order payable to the inmate and write their commitment number in the payment instrument. Note that MADOC holds money orders over $200 and all personal checks for 7 business days before releasing the funds into inmates’ accounts.

It is also possible to send cash to a state prison inmate in Massachusetts. Drop this at a Cash Pay Today location. Before doing so, make sure to sign up for this service on Cash Pay Today’s website.

The MADOC accepts online, phone, and mail fund deposits to inmates’ accounts through Access Corrections and its Secure Deposits service. Visit Access Corrections online to make credit/debit card deposits. Alternatively, download their iPhone or Android mobile app to transfer funds from your phone.

To send money to an inmate by phone, call Access Corrections at (866) 345-1884. This toll-free line is available 24/7 and has bilingual representatives responding to calls.

Secure Deposits also accepts checks and money orders dropped off at state prison lobbies or mailed to its address. Each deposit must be accompanied by a deposit slip available in prison lobbies and online at Access Corrections website. When mailing a check or money order, send it along with a completed deposit slip to:

Secure Deposits - Massachusetts DOC
P.O. Box 12486
St. Louis, MO 63132

Some Massachusetts jails and Houses of Correction also use Access Corrections to accept and process funds sent to prison. Some allow friends and family to deposit funds in kiosks placed in jail lobbies. Visit the facility’s website or contact the law enforcement agency running it to enquire whether you can deposit cash, check, money order, and/or check/debit card payments.

How Do I Find an Inmate in Massachusetts?

The MADOC provides a search tool for finding inmates in Massachusetts prisons. It contracts this function to VINELink. Visit VINELink to search for Massachusetts inmates online. To find inmates with this search tool, you have to provide their full first and last names or their inmate ID Numbers.

Members of the public may also call VINELink at (866) 277-7477 to ask about the locations of inmates in MADOC-controlled facilities.

Local jails in Massachusetts keep their own inmate records. To find an inmate in a Massachusetts jail or House of Correction, visit the facility’s website. This may be a section of a county, city, Sheriff’s Office, or Police Department website. If you cannot find an inmate locator tool, look up the contact phone number of the law enforcement agency in charge of the detention facility. Call this number to make enquires about inmates booked into the facility.

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Waterfront view for the main building of The Suffolk County Jail (Nashua Street Jail)

The Suffolk County Jail on Nashua Street opened in 1990 and is the replacement facility for the overcrowded Charles Street Jail.

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