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Suffolk County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Suffolk County recorded 5,514 violent crimes and 17,665 property crimes in 2015, the last year with a complete set of crime statistics. The county’s violent crime rate fell by 18.3% between 2010 and 2015. In the same period, property crime rate dipped by 25.1%. With 3,368 cases, aggravated assault was the leading violent crime in Suffolk County in 2015. Other incidences of violent crime include 41 murders, 306 rapes, and 1,799 robberies. Larceny led property crimes with 13,421 cases while there were 2,399 burglaries, 1,545 vehicle thefts, and 9 arsons.

Compared to 2010 figures, the five-year crime trend in Suffolk County reveals that were fewer cases of all crimes in 2015 except rape and arson. Arson figures remain the same for the two years but rape rate slightly increased by 2%. In contrast, murder, aggravated assault, and robbery rates fell by 49.4%, 19.2%, and 18.2% respectively. Burglary rate dipped by 38.6% over the five-year period while larceny rate reduced by 20.1% and vehicle theft rate shrank by 35.8%.

Criminal Records

The Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) maintains a statewide database of registered sex offenders living in all the counties of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It makes this central registry publicly available online. To access it, visit the SORB website and search for offenders by name or zip code. Choose the county search option to see a complete list of registered sex offenders residing in Suffolk County. This SORB resource lists Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders and also provides identifying information for non-compliant and incarcerated offenders.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department oversees the operation of the two jails in the county. The bigger facility is the South Bay House of Corrections located at 20 Bradston Street, Boston, MA. The other facility is the Nashua Street Jail located at 200 Nashua Street, Boston, MA. The Sheriff’s Department does not provide inmate and jail records online. To find more information about these county jails as well as inmate location, call the House of Corrections at (617) 635-1000 and the Nashua Street Jail at (617) 635-1100.

Court Records

Court dockets for Suffolk County are available online on the two main judicial record systems of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To access and view case documents and court calendars, visit Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access portal and the website of the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court of Massachusetts.

Residents can obtain certified copies of the records of the Suffolk Probate and Family Court by visiting the court location or submitting mail requests. Available records include certificate of divorce absolute and letters of authority or appointment in guardianship cases. To obtain such records, download and complete a Request for Copies form. Bring it to Suffolk Probate and Family Court located at 24 New Chardon Street, Boston, MA 02114. Mail requests also go to this address. Those should include the required fees paid with checks and money orders made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Suffolk Probate and Family Court charges a fee of $20 for each certificate of divorce, certificate or name change, and the first page of a certified copy of a judgement of divorce nisi. Additional pages of a judgement of divorce nisi are charged at the rate of $1 per page.

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Public Records

Massachusetts’ Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS) maintains vital records for all of the state’s counties. Its records extend all the way to 1926. The RVRS accepts in-person and mail requests for certified copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates. To order one of these records, bring or send a completed a vital records mail order form to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

In-person requests are accepted from Monday to Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Make sure to include a photocopy of a valid photo ID with a mail request as well as payment for copies of vital records as a check or money order. Cash is also accepted for in-person requests. The fee for obtaining a vital record in person is $20. The RVRS charges $32 for each certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage certificate requested by mail.