Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up

County Jail

Last Updated: September 30, 2019
226 Ash St, New Bedford, MA 02740
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County - medium
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Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 508-996-6704

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up is a medium-security detention center located at 226 Ash St New Bedford, MA that is operated locally by the Bristol County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Bristol County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the New Bedford Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up - Visitation

The Bristol County Sheriff's Office Ash Street Facility holds over 200 prisoners who are awaiting trial. Approximately a dozen sentenced inmate workers are also housed at the facility. The Ash Street Facility provides programs and services for the population. Educational and Substance Abuse Programming are offered along with religious services, bible studies, Anger Management, AA/NA.

Presently, over 80% of the Bristol County inmate/detainee population is housed at one of the three facilities on the complex. The remaining 20% of inmates are housed at the Ash Street Facility, in nearby New Bedford. The Ash Street Facility, originally built in the early 1800’s has long been considered one of the oldest if not the oldest operating jail in the country.

The purpose of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office Education Department is to improve society by supporting inmates to:

• Become educated
• Become contributing participants of society
• Gain and improve their critical perspective
• Tap their creativity
• Identify, believe in and move toward acknowledging their future personal options

This can be accomplished by providing educational programming in the areas of ABE, Pre-GED, GED, Post GED, skill improvement, life skills, and reintegration services. Many of our educational programs are listed below:

Special Education:
Instruction designed for an adult, age 17-21, who is unable to read, write, and compute sufficiently well to meet requirements of adult life in the US, or an adult who lacks a mastery of basic education skills that will enable him/her to functional effectively in society. Grade levels 0-5.9 and/or prior record of receiving special education classes from a local school system.

Title One:
Instruction designed for an adult, 17-21 years of age who has some competence in reading, writing, and computation but is not sufficiently competent to meet the requirements of adult life in the US, or an adult who lacks a mastery of basic educational skills that will enable him/her to function effectively in US society. Grade levels 6-11.9.This course will also include ESL instruction for an adult, ages 17-21.

Literacy Development/Beginning ABE:
Instruction designed for an adult, 22 and over, who is unable to read, write, and compute sufficiently well to meet requirements of adult life in the US, or an adult who lacks a mastery of basic educational skills that will enable him/her to function effectively in society.

Intermediate ABE (Pre-ASE):
Instruction designed for an adult, 22 and over, who has some competence in reading, writing, and computation but is not sufficiently competent to meet the requirements of adult life in the US, or an adult who lacks a mastery of basic educational skills that will enable him/her to function effectively in society. Grade levels 6-8.9.

English For Speakers of Other Languages (Esol)
Beginner level instruction is designed for an adult, 22 and over, who has limited or no proficiency in the english language. Intermediate level instruction is designed for an adult, 22 and over, who has some competence in communicating in English. Advanced level instruction is designed for an adult, 22 and over, who is able to communicate in English, but who needs instruction in usage.

Instruction designed for an adult, 22 and over, who is literate and can function in everyday life, but is not proficient. He/she will master the skills necessary to obtain a Ged certificate. Grade levels 9-12.

Post High School
Instruction designed for an adult 17 and over, who has a ged certificate, high school diploma, college degree, etc. This course offers refresher material in mathematics and other subject areas.

If you need information about a detainee that is housed at this facility, you may call 781-359-7500 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. When you call, please have the individual’s biographical information ready, including first, last and hyphenated names, any aliases he or she may use, date of birth and country of birth.

Detainees cannot receive incoming calls. If you need to get in touch with a detainee to leave an urgent message, you must call 508-995-6400 and leave the detainee’s full name, alien registration number and your name and telephone number where you can be reached. The detainee will be given your message.

Substance Abuse
Treatment groups focus on various topics that vary from time to time. Certain topics are integral to a substance-using offender’s successful transition to the community. Among the topics are: the bio-psycho-social model of addiction, signs and symptoms of drug abuse and dependence. Looking at negative consequences of chemical abuse, dependence and withdrawal symptoms, addiction as a progressive disease: use – abuse – dependence, the medical consequences of alcoholism, HIV and AIDS education, powerlessness and unmanageability of drug use/abuse, hitting bottom and admitting, relapse prevention, and self help alternatives. Training to enhance interpersonal skills in both family relationships and with peers, stress management skills, some activities during groups include teaching basic life skills such as budgeting, using public transportation, seeking and maintaining employment, and parenting in order to increase their chance of success after release. Training in anger and in parenting groups can provide new methods for resolving conflicts and facilitating reintegration into the family and community. The array of services mentioned above change as mentioned before as a problem is identified according the multiple needs of the offenders.

Addiction Education
These groups cover the basic information you need about the physical, emotional and spiritual damage that comes from substance abuse and addiction.

Recovery Meetings
Address the substance abuse and addiction issues of inmates and detainees. They are available at various times throughout all units in each facility.

Domestic Violence Awareness and Counseling
Programs include a VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) grant funded program for incarcerated victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, "Empowering Women for Success," a reentry planning group.

Parenting With Dignity
The Parenting With Dignity curriculum presents effective techniques for raising responsible, independent children. PWD teaches parents and caregivers to rethink their approach to discipline, punishment and empowerment. PWD advocates permitting children make some of their own decisions, and to experience the consequences early on, so that they can act responsibly when alone, and become more independent when they grow older. Fundamental to the Parenting with Dignity curriculum is a focus on developing parenting skills that help to address many of the child abuse causes perpetrated by inexperienced and unprepared parents. Click here for more information.

Parents Raising Safe Kids
Parents Raising Safe Kids is a curriculum that is designed to help families and caregivers from all types of backgrounds raise children without violence by learning: 1. Basic information on child development 2. About risk factors for violence and its consequences 3. Protective factors and skills for effective parenting, such as anger management, peaceful conflict resolution, discipline, and media violence education.

Meditation and Relaxation
The objective of the meditation/relaxation program is to introduce simple and safe relaxation exercises which will empower each individual to access her own inate ability to experience relaxation, peace and well-being amidst the everyday stressors of life. Meditation and relaxation techniques are useful as an aid to the healing process where by the individual achieves deeper levels of integration between and psychological, emotional and physical aspects of the self.

Process Groups
These groups are designed to give the inmate a voice in getting what she/he needs. This is the inmates opportunity to say what is on his or her mind and to listen to others share their experience and hope.

Anger Management
Designed to help the inmate address anger and aggression issues. Inmates know that the inability to manage anger often leads to addictive and/or criminal activity. Successful re-entry into the community will require the inmate to make better choices.

Houses of Healing
Emotional literacy skills, encouragement of accountability, responsibility, and spiritual/self respect are presented to help promote restoration of dignity and self-worth. Meditation, stress management, attitudinal healing are part of the class, as well as guilt, shame, trauma and grief.

Relapse Prevention
These groups are designed to lower the risk of relapse. Worksheets, published writings, and discussions concerning methods of denial are the central focus. The group members to determine the individual high-risk situations, which have led to previous relapses, share personal histories of relapse.

Relationship Group
This 8 week education group on relationships will look at the effects and consequences of healthy relationships verses unhealthy relationships.

Open Discussion Group
The goal of this program is to increase awareness-yielding changes in feelings and behavior within the interpersonal relationship with people and community. The primary objective is to enable individuals to develop understanding about themselves and to make changes in their lives by exploring and resolving issues of an interpersonal, intrapsychic, or personal nature. This includes an awareness and assessment of cultural influences such as age, development, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, indigenous identity, nationality and gender.

Sex Offender Program
CPC offers a relapse prevention based group treatment program that addresses both the sex offender’s behavior disorders and character deficits. Over the years CPC has worked to combine the best aspects of cognitive behavior treatment with developmentally based process group to address the character flaws and underlying attachment disorder inherent in sex offenders. Staff works to have inmates build competency in specific areas that are related to their risk for re-offending. The areas of focus for competency are responsibility, understanding, learning, experience (R.U.L.E.) (The counseling & psychotherapy center, inc.)

Vocational Programs

Custodial Technician/Janitorial Program:
Provides training of procedures of custodial housekeeping operations along with latest equipment, chemical and cleaning techniques. The program leads to custodial technician certification from the cleaning management institute.

Food Service Sanitation:
The Food Service Program deals with food borne diseases and leads to National Restaurant Sanitation Certification (American All Tech).

Technology Introduction
Computers for beginners: Individuals will be introduced to basic keyboarding, word-processing, spreadsheets, excel and data bases program. Program leads to a certificate of computer technology.

Culinary Arts:
Instruction designed to develop levels of competency from entry level to skilled apprentice. Emphasis on food safety.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Program (HVAC)
Program includes the following: history of refrigeration; theory of heat, conduction, convection; pressure; refrigeration process; recovery & reclaim of refrigerants; system evacuation, vacuum pump; charging system. Program includes review and preparation for epa exam as well as review and preparation for the ACCA.

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Inmate Locator

Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Massachusetts. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

House of Correction VISITATION - Main Visiting Room
7:00am to 8:00am SHU and FB (ASO Only)
8:00am to 10:00am HB Unit (82)
10:00am to 11:00am EB Unit (38)
EA (ASO Only)
8:00am to 10:00am HB Unit (82)
10:00am to 11:00am FB Unit (Long term housing and FB non-status workers)
1:00pm to 3:00pm HA Unit (82)
8:30am to 10:30am 2 East Unit (104)
12:00pm to 2:00pm 1 West Unit (104)
2:00pm to 4:00pm 2 West (104)
9:00am to 10:00am Male ICE Detention SMU
10:00am to 11:00am Female ICE Detention – EA Unit
12:00pm to 1:00pm EB Unit (38) & EA (ASO Unit)
1:00pm to 4:00pm GC Unit (96)
8:00am to 10:00am GB Unit (96)
1:00pm to 4:00pm GA Unit (96)
8:00am to 11:00am 2 West Unit
12:30pm to 1:30pm EB Unit – Minor Visits for ICE Detention
1:30pm to 4:00pm 1 East Unit (104)
8:00am to 11:00am 1 East Unit (104)
11:00pm to 1:00pm 2 East Unit – Minor Visits for ICE Detention
1:00pm to 4:00pm 1 West Unit (104)

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Facility Type

Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up is run by the county sheriff’s department and the prison is run by the state department of corrections. Jail is for inmates who are awaiting time or who have been sentenced to less than a year. Prison is only available for people who have been sentenced to more than a year on any one charge.

Neither prison nor jail is nice but they differ in their levels of security, the programs they have and the quality of the environment. Additionally, an inmate cannot ask for a motion to reconsider once they have been transferred to the custody of the department of corrections.

The Sheriff’s department calculates what percentage of your jail time that you actually have to serve. The law requires that the sheriff’s department make people serve a minimum of 50% of their sentence if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.

The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.

The Bristol Sheriff’s Department calculates what percentage of a felony jail sentence a person will serve. The law requires that an inmate serve at least 85% of their felony jail sentence for non-mandatory time and 100% of their mandatory time.

Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up also offers and manages alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.

If you are not serving a mandatory minimum sentence and you do not get into trouble while in jail the sheriff’s department will typically give automatic good behavior time. When you first receive your release date from the jail, within a few days of being incarcerated, the good time deduction will have already been included in most cases. For non-mandatory misdemeanor good time off is 50% and for felonies is typically about 10-15%.

Custody/Security Level

The Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up is located in Massachusetts and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 508-996-6704 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Bristol County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.

The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Massachusetts

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Bristol County MA - Ash Street Jail & Regional Lock-up at 226 Ash St, New Bedford, MA

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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