Massachusetts

The table below displays aggregate COVID-19 data for incarcerated people and staff in carceral facilities located in Massachusetts. The State DOC Data Grade represents our assessment of the transparency and quality of those data reported by Massachusetts's state department of corrections.

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The data we collect about COVID-19 in Massachusetts state prisons were disclosed pursuant to a court order and were published by the ACLU of Massachusetts. The final update was on August 15, 2021.

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State DOC Data GradeView scorecard
Cumulative CasesActive CasesCumulative DeathsTests
Incarcerated PeopleCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10k
State Adult Prisons3,1054,438----213040,33350,612
Federal Prisons4503,92365213113----
ICE Detention Centers997,122428800----
State and Local Youth Facilities----------------
StaffCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10kCountPer 10k
State Adult Prisons9542,071------------
Federal Prisons----2--0------
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Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Dorchester County Detention Center

Federal Prisons

4--

ICE Plymouth County Correctional Facility

ICE Detention Centers

4--

Devens Federal Medical Center

Federal Prisons

22

ICE Franklin County House Of Correction

ICE Detention Centers

0--

ICE Bristol County Detention Center

ICE Detention Centers

0--
View our data on Github
Map of Massachusetts with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

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4

Spikes represent the active cases in a facility for incarcerated people

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 March 4, 2022.

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The data we collect about COVID-19 in Massachusetts state prisons were disclosed pursuant to a court order and were published by the ACLU of Massachusetts. The final update was on August 15, 2021.

Data reporting for incarcerated people
  • Cumulative Cases

    None

  • Cumulative Deaths

    None

  • Active Cases

    None

  • Tests Administered

    By facility

  • Population

    None

  • Vaccinations

    None

  • Boosters

    None

Data reporting for staff
  • Cumulative Cases

    None

  • Cumulative Deaths

    None

  • Active Cases

    None

  • Tests Administered

    None

  • Population

    None

  • Vaccinations

    None

  • Boosters

    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. Click a row to view full details.

FacilityPeople releasedRelease details

Berkshire County Jail

Berkshire

22Parole/probation violation, Inability to pay bail, Other

Bristol County House of Correction and Jail

Bristol

37Other

County jails (3)

Essex

187Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence

Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections

Hampshire

84Other

State and County Prisons (all)

Massachusetts

1,158
Map of Massachusetts with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.
County with a release

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. Click a row to view full details.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal/ externalEffort concernsSource
ICE Bristol County Detention CenterBristol3/30/2020ICE detainees at Bristol County House of CorrectionStrike/Work Stoppage, Protest outside detention center, letter/petition for demandsCoordinatedAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
ICE Bristol County Detention CenterBristol5/1/2020Incarcerated detainees at Bristol County House of CorrectionsUprising/Protest–Internal, Protest outside detention centerExternalTesting procedures, Sanitation improvements
ICE Bristol County Detention CenterBristol3/26/2020Unidad Latina en Acción and Never Again Action BostonCar Rally, Protest outside detention center, Letter/petition to congresswoman Rosa DeLauroInternalAccelerated releases
ICE Bristol County Detention CenterBristol3/23/2020ICE detainees at Bristol County House of CorrectionLetter/Petition, Protest outside detention centerExternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
StatewideStatewide3/23/2020 - 3/27/2020Families for Justice as HealingOnline Action, Protest outside detention centerInternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements