Massachusetts

Map of Massachusetts with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

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480

960

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Statewide among incarcerated people

Cases

Cumulative Case Rate

Data Grade

State Facilities

3,105

44%

Federal Facilities

366

36%

ICE Detention Centers

24

29%

Statewide among staff

Cases

Data Grade

State Facilities

839

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

North Central Correctional Institution

State Facilities

95664

Massachusetts Correctional Institution Shirley

State Facilities

51788

Massachusetts Correctional Institution Norfolk

State Facilities

51173

Devens Federal Medical Center

Federal Facilities

366--

Massachusetts Correctional Institution Concord

State Facilities

29674

Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard

Data Reporting & Quality GradeF*

This scorecard assesses data reporting and quality for the state department of corrections in Massachusetts. Read more about our scoring methodology and to see how this jurisdiction compares to other state and federal systems.

Scores assessed as of June 14, 2021.

*

The data we collect about COVID-19 in Massachusetts state prisons are disclosed pursuant to a court order and are published by the ACLU of Massachusetts. Because the Massachusetts Department of Correction still does not publish this data on their own website, it does not earn points for the reporting of that data.

Data reporting for incarcerated people
  • Cumulative Cases

    None

  • Cumulative Deaths

    None

  • Active Cases

    None

  • Tests Administered

    None

  • Population

    None

  • Vaccinations

    None

Data reporting for staff
  • Cumulative Cases

    None

  • Cumulative Deaths

    None

  • Active Cases

    None

  • Tests Administered

    None

  • Population

    None

  • Vaccinations

    None

Data quality
  • Machine Readable

    No

  • Regularly Updated

    No

  • Clearly Defined

    No

  • Contextualized Historically

    No

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID

We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JurisdictionFacility/facilitiesAuthorizing agent(s)DateOverall population reduction/ total # of releasesPopulation prior to releasesKnown facility capacityRelease detailsSource
BarnstableBarnstable County Jailcourt order6/16/202033250588Short remaining sentence
BerkshireBerkshire County JailBerkshire District Attorney4/19/202022500Parole/probation violation, Inability to pay bail, Other
BristolBristol County House of Correction and Jailsheriff5/6/2020371100Other
EssexCounty jails (3)court order5/20/20201871162Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence
HampshireHampshire County Jail and House of Correctionssheriff4/15/202084248Other

Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal/ externalEffort concernsSource
ICE Bristol County Detention CenterBristol3/30/2020ICE detainees at Bristol County House of CorrectionStrike/Work StoppageExternalSanitation improvements
ICE Bristol County Detention CenterBristol5/1/2020Incarcerated detainees at Bristol County House of CorrectionsUprising/Protest–InternalExternalTesting procedures, Sanitation improvements
ICE Bristol County Detention CenterBristol3/26/2020Unidad Latina en Acción and Never Again Action BostonCar RallyInternalAccelerated releases
ICE Bristol County Detention CenterBristol3/23/2020ICE detainees at Bristol County House of CorrectionLetter/PetitionExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
StatewideStatewide3/23/2020 - 3/27/2020Families for Justice as HealingOnline ActionInternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements