Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people
Statewide among incarcerated people
Cumulative Case Rate
ICE Detention Centers
Statewide among staff
ICE Detention Centers
North Central Correctional Institution
Massachusetts Correctional Institution Shirley
Massachusetts Correctional Institution Norfolk
Devens Federal Medical Center
Massachusetts Correctional Institution Concord
Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard
& 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 May 10, 2021. Scores will be reevaluated on a monthly basis.*
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
Data reporting for staff
Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19
number of courts
number of facilities
compassionate releases granted
filings coded by our team
Our project collaborates with Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, and Zealous to collect legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration. Together, we then organize and code them into the jointly managed Health is Justice litigation hub for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. The majority of the legal documents in the Health is Justice litigation hub are federal court opinions, but we are expanding to state legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.
In addition to the Health is Justice litigation hub, our project also manages additional data self-reported by advocates regarding COVID-19-related legal filings involving incarcerated youth and individuals in immigration detention.
For more COVID-19-related legal filings, please visit the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, COVID-19 Special Collection.
Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID-19
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.
For the most part, we only include release efforts where the data source includes some sort of programmatic description of who is being released (e.g., people with technical violations of parole, people charged with non-violent crimes, etc.). You can find our full prison releases dataset here and jail releases dataset here.
*date of releases, if available. Otherwise, date on which releases first were reported.
**total number of releases reported when available. Otherwise, the change in population to which the releases contributed is reported.
***last reported inmate population before releases were realized
****capacity is often determined differently across jurisdictions and some facilities often report more than one capacity number. In these cases, we report the higher of the figures available.
Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID-19
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.
You can find our full dataset here.