Jail and Inmate Search in Massachusetts
Currently, there are 8,407 inmates in Massachusetts’s prisons. The highest age range in Massachusetts 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. Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts Department of Corrections manages and operates the prison population for the state.
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What are Jail Records?
Massachusetts’s jail 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. These jail 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 Search for Inmates in Massachusetts
Massachusetts 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 third-party search portals that may give you a much more detailed report with all the inmate's criminal offenses and mug shots.
Creating Public Jail Records
Massachusetts 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. Keeping jail records up to date and accurate is critical. Jail records are shared across all law enforcement agencies.
Criminal Justice Quick Facts
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
The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years
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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
Adults entering parole, by type of entry
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Currently, Massachusetts’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. Massachusetts’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 Massachusetts 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. Massachusetts works from a budget of $165 million with a staff of 5,059.
|Prison Name||Prison Type|
|Boston Pre-Release Center||State Prison|
|Bridgewater State Hospital||State Prison|
|Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Correctional Unit||State Prison|
|Massachusetts Treatment Center||State Prison|
|Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Cedar Junction||State Prison|
|Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Concord||State Prison|
|Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Framingham||State Prison|
|Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Norfolk||State Prison|
|Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Plymouth||State Prison|
|Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Shirley||State Prison|
|North Central Correctional Institution||State Prison|
|Northeastern Correctional Center||State Prison|
|Old Colony Correctional Center||State Prison|
|Pondville Correctional Center||State Prison|
|South Middlesex Correctional Center||State Prison|
|Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center||State Prison|