MA DOC - Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Shirley

State Prison

Last Updated: October 16, 2019
Address
1 Harvard Rd, Shirley, MA 01464
Beds
485
County
Middlesex
Security Level
State - minimum
Phone
978-425-4341
Mailing Address
PO Box 1218, Shirley, MA 01464
Facility Type
Adult
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MA DOC - Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Shirley basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 978-425-4341

This facility is for adult inmates.

The inmates housed at MCI-Shirley located at 1 Harvard Rd in Shirley, MA are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

MCI-Shirley is located approximately forty-two miles northwest of Boston on the Shirley/Lancaster County Line adjacent to the maximum-security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC). The facility maintains 13 inmate housing units, a twenty-eight-bed full-service hospital unit, fifty-nine-bed segregation unit, gym, recreation areas, school, industries, laundry, vocational area, food services and programs. Catholic, Rabbi, Muslim & Protestant Chaplains provide the religious services for the facility. We also offer barber certification and culinary certification programs which upon successfully completing, inmates are allowed to take the Massachusetts State License exam and obtain a license.

MCI-Shirley Level 3 was opened in the early 1970s and MCI-Shirley Level 4 was opened to house inmates in July 1991. Subsequently in July 2002 Level 3 and 4 joined together as one institution and currently holds two security level of inmates. As a result of the consolidation, the number of Level 3 housing units and bed space was reduced.

As of Spring 2004, a Special Needs Unit project was completed in the Health Services Unit area. The Department of Correction does not currently have an area to house elderly inmates that require assistance with daily living needs. This area, once on line and running, will house a maximum capacity of thirteen inmates.

Our Health Services Unit is fully staffed 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. We provide a variety of services to include Medical, Dental, Podiatry, Optometry, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychology, Physical Therapy and Phlebotomy. We currently have six dialysis stations that are used three times per week and a full service Physical Therapy Room. Inmates from all other Department of Correction facilities are transported as necessary to MCI-Shirley, for these services.

Although not all inmates in Level 4 are required to work, we do attempt to employ the maximum number in the specified areas. There are currently 485 inmate work assignments in Level 3 & 4. Inmates are encouraged to avail themselves to the many department & volunteer-driven programs.

Programs Available at This Facility
Alcoholics Anonymous: A volunteer facilitated working support program where inmates learn about triggers to their behavior, understand past behavior and learn how to build a new, healthier sober lifestyle. This program is facilitated at MCI Cedar Junction and MCI Shirley Minimum.

Alternatives to Violence (AVP): A volunteer facilitated program that teaches inmates how to reduce violence by introducing alternative ways of resolving conflict resulting in a diminished need to resort to violence. Workshops focus on conflict resolution. This program is facilitated at MCI Concord, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Calligraphy: Volunteers teach inmates this very disciplined graphic technique that demands concentration and commitment, using a quick, simple and practical method. This program is facilitated at MCI Concord and MCI Shirley

Creative Writing: Teaches basic English Composition covering expository, descriptive and narrative writing, dialogue, and short stories. This program is facilitated at MCI Shirley

Emotional Awareness and Healing: Volunteer coordinated program designed to foster emotional and spiritual growth and promote responsibility and accountability toward ones self and others. Inmates are also taught skills to reduce disruptive behavior. This program is facilitated at MCI Cedar Junction, MCI Concord, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Father's Parenting Program: Volunteer facilitated 12-week course consisting of classes in moral and legal responsibilities of fatherhood. This program is facilitated at MCI Concord, MCI Shirley, Northeastern Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

HIV/AIDS Education: Programming ranges from basic education and awareness to support groups for inmates who are HIV positive. Instructors include vendor and Department staff, volunteers and inmates. This program is facilitated at Boston Pre-release Center, MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Old Colony Correctional Center, Pondville Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Introduction to Treatment: A four-week, twelve-session program designed to prepare inmates to utilize the basic information and skills that they will receive through participation in future programming. This program is facilitated at MCI Shirley - Minimum Unit, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Introduction to Twelve Step Programming: Vendor facilitated four week, twelve session program designed to teach inmates how to access and utilize twelve step programming to enhance their recovery. This program is facilitated at MCI Concord, MCI Shirley - Minimum Unit, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Kids Corner: Local churches supervise structured activities for the children of inmates in the visiting room. No inmates are allowed in this area. This program is facilitated at MCI Shirley.

Menswork: Eight to twelve week program designed to provide creative educational services that support the personal and social rehabilitation of convicted offenders. This program is facilitated at MCI Shirley - Minimum Unit and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Parenting/Family Services: Volunteers and staff provide programs, which range from skill building, basic education, and reintegration information to support groups. This program is facilitated at MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, South Middlesex Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Self Help/Twelve Step Programs: Volunteer facilitated substance abuse support groups based on abstinence. Self Help/Twelve-step programming includes Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al Anon. Programming is available in both Spanish and English. This program is facilitated at Boston Pre-release Center, Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts Treatment Center, MCI Concord, MCI Framingham, MCI Norfolk, MCI Plymouth, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit, Northeastern Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center - Minimum Unit, Pondville Correctional Center, South Middlesex Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Substance Abuse Video Program: Volunteer facilitated program consisting of inmates viewing substance abuse treatment videos followed up by a discussion period on substance abuse issues. This program is available at MCI Shirley - Minimum Unit.

The Most Excellent Way : Biblical-Christian based program at MCI Shirley facilitated by DOC Chaplain focusing on the "Ten Attitudes of Victorious Living". This program is facilitated at MCI Shirley and MCI Shirley - Minimum Unit.

Toastmasters: Public speaking program that enables inmates to develop more effective communication skills. Through a series of presentations, inmates learn to express thoughts in a clear and non-threatening manner. Toastmasters are an internationally recognized organization. This program is facilitated at Bay State Correctional Center, MCI Norfolk, MCI Shirley, Northeastern Correctional Center, Old Colony Correctional Center and Souza Baranowski Correctional Center.

Victory in Spiritual Warfare Bible Study Program: Staff facilitated twenty-six week Christian Bible study program. This program is facilitated at MCI Shirley.

Youth Outreach: Staff supervised program geared toward at-risk youths coordinated through local high schools and the Department of Youth Services. Students attend inmate presentations during which inmates speak about their own personal experience with peer pressure, substance abuse, crime and incarceration. This program is facilitated at MCI Norfolk, MCI Shirley, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit and Old Colony Correctional Center.

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Inmate Locator

MA DOC - Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Shirley is a facility in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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 aid@inmateaid.com 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

Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Shirley - Visitation

Inmates housed in D1 may not receive visits during their program schedule.

Minors or children under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by their parent and/or legal guardian. Parents are required to provide birth certificates for each child and legal guardians shall provide court documents as proof of custody.

Minors may obtain permission to enter MCI Shirley with another adult by providing a notarized statement of consent from their parent/guardian on a Minor Consent Form and receive prior approval from the Superintendent.

Shirley Minimum Visiting Hours
Saturdays: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM/6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sundays: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM/6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Fridays: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Visiting days and times may be subject to change. Please call the facility to verify visiting schedules.

Shirley Medium Visiting Hours
General Population: Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM and/or 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
D1 inmates may not receive visits during their program schedule.

Visiting days and times may be subject to change. Please call the facility to verify visiting schedules.

SMU Visiting Hours
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
*24 hours advance scheduling needed*
1:15 PM-2:15 PM 2:30 PM-3:30 PM
3:30 PM-4:30 PM 6:15 PM-7:15 PM
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Visiting days and times may be subject to change. Please call the facility to verify visiting schedules.

HSU Visiting Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
24 hour advance scheduling needed*
1:15 PM-3:15 PM 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Visiting days and times may be subject to change. Please call the facility to verify visiting schedules.

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Facility Type

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of MA DOC - Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Shirley where they supervise adults convicted of a state crime and then sentenced to a commitment period by the County or Circuit Judge. The penalty phase of the commitment is the length of the sentence imposed and what type of facility they will spend their time in. Once the inmate is taken into custody there is an orientation period where the offender is evaluated medically and psychologically. The results of their findings will have everything to do with the level of custody the prisoner will be incarcerated.

State prison is also referred to as a correctional facility, penitentiary or detention center and is a facility in which inmates are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state. Convicted criminals are sent to prison as punishment and must follow very strict rules of conduct and order or they are held to additional punishment like loss of privileges or isolation. The address is 1 Harvard Rd, Shirley, MA located in Middlesex County.

There is a fundamental difference between jail and prison. It has everything to do with the length of stay for inmates; jail is short-term and prison is long-term. Jail is most commonly used within a criminal justice system for people charged with crimes who must be imprisoned until their trial, or those pleading or being found guilty of crimes at trial may be sentenced to a specified short period of imprisonment. Jails are usually run by local law enforcement county sheriff and/or local government police agencies.

Because prisons are designed for long-term incarceration, they are better developed for the living needs of their populations. State prison offers the inmate a more regular, routine life, the wider range of programs, better facilities and generally better food. The DOC has a bevy of disciplines for which an offender may be classified, they are Reception Centers, High Security (Males), General Population (Males), and Female Offenders.

State prison is very much like a town inside a town. There is a mayor (the warden - call 978-425-4341 for information), a store (the commissary), housing (cells), medical care (infirmary), library (law, education and lending), civic organizations (clubs), worship (chapel), a park (the recreation yard), a cafeteria (chow hall), police (correctional staff), a jail (disciplinary segregation unit, the SHU, the hole), laws (administrative rules), judges (hearings officers), and the inmates all have a job that keeps the institution operational.

There is no privacy in prison - inmates dress, shower, and use the bathroom in the company of other inmates.  Inmates are required to make their bunks and keep their personal possessions neat; All inmates wear identical clothing and must carry their identification card with them at all times.; Most possessions allowed must be purchased from the canteen; Meal times are assigned and inmates have a short time to eat and depart the chow hall, there are no seconds; Inmates are subject to searches of their person and/or cell at any time; All movements of inmates from one area to another are tightly choreographed, monitored and supervised to avaid any incidents between location changes.

Custody/Security Level

MA DOC - Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Shirley is a minimum security state prison located at 1 Harvard Rd in Shirley, MA operated by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. This institution is considered the best situation to be in if you have to be incarcerated. Inmates assigned to minimum security prisons generally pose the least risk to public safety. Inmates live in dormitories on a campus that resembles a school more than a prison. Inmates must have less than 8 years on their sentence, be non-violent with a clear disciplinary history to qualify for minimum designation. There is much less supervision of inmate movement within the prison than at any other custody level.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - minimum 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 MA DOC - Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Shirley that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Massachusetts

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's commissary account. 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.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account. An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the prison. 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. The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming.

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.

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.

Some of the money transfer firms are MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, Access Corrections, JailATM, CommissaryDeposit

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.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

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 MA DOC - Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Shirley 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 MA DOC - Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Shirley at 1 Harvard Rd, Shirley, 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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