Jail and Inmate Search in Massachusetts

Currently, there are 8,407 inmates in MA’s prisons. The highest age range in the state prison is 25-34. A vast majority of prisoners in Mass are Black; followed by Hispanic and then White race demographics. 70% of those incarcerated are there for a violent offense. MA also has another 10,350 people in county jails. Along with those imprisoned, the state is responsible for 61,789 people on probation and another 1,851 on parole. The state Department of Corrections manages and operates the prison population for the state.

What are Jail Records?

Massachusetts jail inmate search records are the documents and forms filled out whenever a change occurs in the life of an inmate. Things like moving them from jail to prison, or visitors they entertain along with court dates, rulings, and sentencing. If the inmate commits another crime while in prison, that offense is also documented and filed. Massachusetts inmate search records are maintained meticulously on a frequent basis as things occur and are shared among all the law enforcement agencies. Sharing of information is so that everyone will be on the same page when it comes to each inmate.

How to Perform Massachusetts Inmate Search

MA does not have their own inmate search locator tool, but they allow you use to the VineLink system to find someone incarcerated in a Mass jail or prison. You will need the person’s name or prison ID to search. The results of the search will give you only basic information like their name, age, gender, race, prison ID, date of birth and where they are being held. You can also see the address and directions if you want to visit someone in a Mass prison. You may also use Massachusetts prison inmate search online that may give you a much more detailed report with all the inmate's criminal offenses and mug shots.

Creating Public Jail Records

MA creates jail records for each inmate in prison and keeps them updated frequently. From the time someone is arrested, a file is opened, and new forms and documents are completed and added to the record. Jail records are a vital part of the correctional process as they track each inmate as they progress through the penal system. Each event that takes place is documented and the file updated. All jail records are kept up to date and all are available in the Massachusetts inmate records search tool. Jail records are shared across all law enforcement agencies.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Massachusetts Imprisonment Rate
Massachusetts Imprisonment Rate: 188
Prison Population
Prison Population: 8,494
Probation Population
Probation Population: 64,934
Parole Population
Parole Population: 1,995
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate: Black : White Ratio - 7.5:1 Hispanic : White Ratio - 4.3:1
Juvenile Custody Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000): 66
Disenfranchised Population
Disenfranchised Population: 11,176 (0.21%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Disenfranchised African Americans: 2,966 (0.83%)
Corrections Expenditures
Corrections Expenditures (in millions): 1,399

Massachusetts Prisoner Statistics by Gender

The number of Massachusetts prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 9,403, that saw a 5.2% decrease compared to the previous year. Females made up 6.2% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 8,820 in 2016.

5 States with More Female Prisoners than Massachusetts

State Number of Female prisoners

5 States with More Male Prisoners than Massachusetts

State Number of Male prisoners
New York48,442

The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years

Number of Male Prisoners
Number of Female Prisoners
Change in Number of Male Prisoners
Change in Number of Female Prisoners

The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016

The prison population of Massachusetts is 9,403 inmates, that is 17.8% lower than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Massachusetts was in 2007, when the number of prisoners was 11,436 inmates.

Massachusetts Parole Population

Massachusetts parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 1,995 people, 34 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 144 people less compared to the previous year, which has decreased by -7.2%.

Paroles per 100.000 population

Parole Total Population in Massachusetts

Parole Entries & Exits

Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number


Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents

Increased by

Adults entering parole, by type of entry

Type of Parole Entry Number of Parolees
Mandatory: 0
Discretionary: 1,998
Reinstatement: 113
Term of supervised release: 0
Other: 0
Unknown or not reported: 0

Massachusetts Prisons

Currently, MA’s Department of Corrections manages 19 jails and 16 prisons spread across the state. They are responsible for 18,757 inmates in both jail and prison. The state’s community corrections system also oversees 61,789 people on probation and another 1,851 on parole. The cost to house one inmate for a year in MA is $47,102. Based on one hundred thousand residents, Mass has an incarceration rate of 156, a violent crime rate of 377 and a property crime rate of 1,561. The state works from a budget of $165 million with a staff of 5,059.

Federal Prisons located in Massachusetts

Prison Name Prison Type
Devens FMC Federal Prison