MA DOC - Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC)

State Prison

Last Updated: October 16, 2019
Address
100 Harvard Rd, Shirley, MA 01464
County
Middlesex
Security Level
State - maximum
Phone
978-514-6500
Mailing Address
PO Box 8000, Shirley, MA 014646
Facility Type
Adult
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MA DOC - Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 978-514-6500

This facility is for adult inmates.

The inmates housed at Souza-Baranowski Correctional located at 100 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.

The Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC), is a 500,000 square foot, high-tech, maximum security state facility located on 18 acres of land at the Shirley Correctional Complex and is the MA DOC's newest correctional facility (adjacent to the minimum-security prison MCI-Shirley). Construction began on Souza-Baranowski on November 19, 1996. Less than 2 years later, SBCC was completed incorporating the highest degree of technical integration of any prison in the country. The security system is operated by 42 graphic interfaced computer terminals (GUI), which drive a keyless security system. The GUI controls 1705 doors, lights, receptacles, water, intercom/Public Address, fire alarms and vehicle gates. Incorporating one of the largest camera matrix systems in the country, 366 cameras record live 24 hours a day. The perimeter surveillance system includes taut wire and microwave detection systems.

SBCC offers a full range of educational, vocational and substance abuse programming.

Notable inmates that have served time here include former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide while facing a life sentence for double murder.

Programs Available at This Facility

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.

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 Bay State Correctional Center, 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 Bay State Correctional Center, 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.

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.

Relapse Prevention: Vendor facilitated eight weeks, twenty-four session program designed to assist inmates in identifying those high-risk situations that may lead to relapse and teach them skills to address these situations without relapse. This program is facilitated at the Massachusetts Treatment Center, North Central Correctional Institution, North Central Correctional Institution - Minimum Unit 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 Bay State Correctional Center, 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.

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.

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Inmate Locator

MA DOC - Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC) 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.

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Visitation Information

MA DOC - Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC) - Visitation

VISITING HOURS

General Population - Contact Visits

  • Inmates are allowed three (3) visiting periods per week with only one period allowed per day. A maximum of two (2) adults, with four (4) visitors total, may visit an inmate at any one time. For example, the following combinations are authorized; (1) adult and up to (3) children or (2) adults and up to (2) children. Any variation to the authorized number of visitors must be approved in writing as a special visit request. Such requests must be submitted to the Deputy Superintendent of Operations.
  • The first visiting period will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.; the second visiting period will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:30p.m. Five minutes prior to the ending of a visiting period, the visiting room officer shall announce a 5 minute warning. All visitors and inmates will end their visits during this time period.
  • Additional visiting periods for North and South General Population Units have been added, on an alternating schedule, on Sunday 9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m and Wednesday 6:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. The schedule for the additional visiting period is posted in the Lobby and Housing Units.
  • If the visiting room becomes crowded, the visits that commenced first will be terminated; however, visits will be at least one (1) hour in duration.
  • Visitors will not be allowed to gain entrance between the hours of 2:40-3:30 p.m. and after 8:00pm. The last visitor processed must be in the Pedestrian Trap by 2:30 pm to be allowed entrance for the 1:00 - 3:30 PM visiting session.
  • Inmates will be allowed visits according to their housing assignment as indicated below.
NORTH HOUSING SOUTH HOUSING Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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

There are no visits on Monday unless a holiday falls on that date. Holiday visits will be charged to the inmates' weekly visiting allowance. North and South Housing holiday visits will alternate from the first visiting period, 1:00pm-3:30pm, and the second visiting period, 6:00pm-8:30pm, each holiday. Notices are posted in the Lobby and Housing Units prior to the holiday with the times.

  • Counsel and Confidential Contact Rooms

SBCC's General Population Visiting Room has conference rooms designated as confidential contact visiting areas for use by the inmates and Attorneys (and/or the Attorneys' representatives).

Visiting Hours For Non-Contact General Population Inmates

  • The superintendent or his/her designee may at his or her discretion, restrict the visiting privilege of an inmate to the non-contact area. The inmate shall be notified of this action by the superintendent or his/her designee in writing.
  • Non-contact visitation will continue until such time that the superintendent or his/her designee determines that resuming general population contact visiting privileges is appropriate. Review of non-contact visitation for general population inmates will occur monthly with a written notice sent to the inmate.
  • This specific section is not intended to address non-contact visiting restrictions that are as a result of a sanction imposed by the disciplinary hearing officer.

Visiting Hours For Special Management Unit Inmates

  • Inmates housed in the Special Management Unit (SMU) shall receive non-contact visits. For security reasons, due to the location of the SMU, only one adult will be allowed to visit a SMU inmate at a time. The visit will be held in the non-contact visiting area of SMU. Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance and will be one (1) hour in duration. Inmates are allowed two (2) visits per week, just as the non-contact visits for general population are. No visit can be scheduled more than ten (10) days in advance. Visitors arriving twenty (20) minutes late for their scheduled visit will not be permitted to visit. Visiting appointments will be made according to the following three day schedule.

Sunday Wednesday Friday

9:00am -10:00am ---------------------------------------------------------->

10:00am-11:00am ---------------------------------------------------------->

1:00pm-2:00pm--------------------------------------------------------------->

6:00pm-7:00pm--------------------------------------------------------------->

7:00pm-8:00pm--------------------------------------------------------------->

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

  • Visits can be scheduled by calling the sergeant of the North or South SMU Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. or between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Inmates on detention status (disciplinary sanctions) can only receive attorney visits. Attorney visits shall take place in the non-contact visiting rooms.

HSU Inmate Visitation

  • Inmates housed in the Health Services Unit (HSU) for medical reasons shall receive visits in the general population visiting room if medically approved. Their visiting periods shall coincide with that of the unit they were assigned to prior to HSU placement. Visitors will be required to schedule an appointment for these visits, on the appropriate day, at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance by calling the HSU sergeant between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Visiting periods cannot be scheduled more than ten (10) days in advance. Scheduling appointments will facilitate availability of escorting staff due to the inmate residing apart from the general population. (See attached schedule for general population visits N/S).

J-1 Unit

  • Inmates are allowed three (3) visiting periods per week with only one period allowed per day. A maximum of two (2) adults, with four (4) visitors total, may visit an inmate at any one time. For example, the following combinations are authorized; (1) adult and up to (3) children or (2) adults and up to (2) children. Any variation to the authorized number of visitors must be approved in writing as a special visit request. Such requests must be submitted to the Deputy Superintendent of Operations. Inmates housed in J-1 Sector I and Sector II may be in the visiting room at the same time, however they will not be placed directly next to an inmate from a sector other than the one to which they are assigned.
  • Visits for the J-1 housing unit will take place Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:30pm, and Thursday and Saturday Mornings from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Five minutes prior to the ending of a visiting period, the visiting room officer shall announce a 5 minute warning. All visitors and inmates will end their visits during this time period.( Visiting days and times may be subject to change. Please call the facility to verify visiting schedules.)
  • If the visiting room becomes crowded, the visits that commenced first will be terminated, however, visits will be at least one (1) hour in duration.
  • J-1 will have holiday visits from 9am to 11 am.( Visiting days and times may be subject to change. Please call the facility to verify visiting schedules.)
  • Any visitor who does not conform to appropriate visiting regulations will be barred for the day. Visitors will not have the opportunity to change into appropriate clothing that they may have in the vehicle, etc.
  • Inmates are permitted to bring into the visiting room: I.D. Card, wedding band, medical alert necklace/bracelet, one religious medal, and headwear that is religious in nature.
  • Visitors are only allowed to visit one (1) inmate housed at SBCC. Exception will be if the visitor is related by blood, i.e., brother, father. Visitors will be required to request permission from the Superintendent in writing if they choose to visit another inmate.
  • Visitors are allowed to enter the Visiting Room once a day. Once a visitor leaves the Visiting Room and/or institution, they will not be permitted re-entry.

VISITOR RULES AND PROCESSING PROCEDURES

Inmate Visitor Processing

  • Upon entering the Institution lobby, all visitors must sign the "Visitor Sign In Sheet" (483p1 Attachment D). Visitors will be issued a "Request to Visit Inmate" form by the Visitor Processing Officer one half-hour (½) prior to the start of visiting hours.
  • When the visitor turns in the Request to Visit Inmate form, the Correction Officer must check the form to ensure it has been completed properly. The officer will then check the disciplinary list for loss of visit status, transportation list, and barred visitor list to ensure the visitor should continue the entrance process. The officer shall also ensure the visitor has current photographic identification such as a driver's license, passport or welfare card. The Superintendent may make exceptions to this at his/her discretion.
  • When the visitor's name is in the barred visitors book or the inmate being visited is on isolation status or out of the institution, the visitor shall be notified of such by the processing Officer. When there are no discrepancies, the Request to Visit Inmate form shall be stamped with the time, and the unit and process number shall be written on the slip.
  • The officer in the visitor processing area then calls visitors by using the visitor sign-in sheet, going in sequence. There will not be more than five (5) visitors called at one time.
  • Once the Request to Visit Inmate form is received and approved, the unit in which the inmate is housed will be notified of the visit by the Visiting Room Officer.
  • The visitor(s) shall review the visitor information book located in the lobby of the institution to see what is allowed inside the facility i.e., wedding bands, engagement rings, prescription glasses, medical alert bracelets, and will ensure that all other articles have been properly secured. Medical appliance, brace, ace bandages, casts, dressings, and medical alert bracelets/necklaces will be subject to search.
  • When the visitor an infant, they will be allowed items listed in Section II (K) of this procedure.
  • If a female visitor needs to breast-feed her child during a visit, the visitor must exit the visiting room, and nurse her child in the designated nursing area located in the front lobby. Before the inmate's visitor leaves the visiting room, the Visiting Room Sergeant\OIC will inform her that she will be allowed to return to the visiting room if time permits. The inmate will be placed in the Non-Contact visiting area until the visit returns back to the visiting Room.
  • If time permits, upon completion of the baby's feeding, the visitor shall be placed at the top of the visiting process list and be reprocessed through the pedestrian trap.

Entrance Procedures

  • Before the visitor enters the processing area, they will be required to remove belts, shoes, and all outer garments, and place them, along with any infant items and locker key, in the container on the table. Any additional items that enter this area will be placed in the provided container and reported to the searching officer. There will be a visual review of each person and a search of all items that enter this area. All garment pockets will be turned inside out. All pockets that cannot be turned inside out will be subject to search by the officer.
  • All inmate visitors are required to successfully pass a metal detection search. If the visitor fails the metal detection search a personal search shall be required. The visitor will be given the opportunity to leave prior to the personal search unless provisions provided in 501.04 (D)(4)(e) Inmate Visitors (I) exist. Inmate Visitors shall also be subject to the "personal search of the day". The 7x3 Shift Commander will daily designate a random number as the personal search of the day. This number changes each day. Search of the day will be logged in the Pedestrian Trap log, as well as in the Outer Control IMS log. The visitor will sign their name and the inmate's name they are visiting in the logbook provided. The searching officer will also sign, date, and record the type of search performed.
  • ALL INSTITUTIONAL VISITORS (EXCLUDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS), REGARDLESS OF THE SEARCH OF THE DAY WILL HAVE TO SUCCESSFULLY PASS THROUGH THE METAL DETECTOR. When the visitor has successfully passed through the metal detector, the visitor will then regain possession of the articles in question. All visitors age ten (10) years old and above will receive a stamp on their inside wrist, as designated daily by the Shift Commander.

Any Visitor who does not successfully pass the metal detector may be subject to the following searches:

  • Hand-held scanners may be used to aid in determining the reason why an individual was unable to successfully pass through the walk-through metal detector. Unsatisfactory search results from the scanner search may result in further search methods, such as;
  • A personal search shall be required if the visit fails the walk-through and hand-held metal detector. All personal searches will be conducted within the Pedestrian Trap Search Room by a correctional employee of the same sex as the visitor. Prior to the personal search authorization will be requested from the shift commander.

NOTE : In accordance with 103 DOC 501.04 (D,4,e), Inmate Visitors, the visitor must be given the opportunity to leave prior to a personal search unless :

  • The employee has those arrest powers granted by the authority of M.G.L., c. 127, §. 127 and;
  • The employee has probable cause to believe that the visitor has committed an arrestable offense; and
  • The employee has probable cause to believe that the visitor has seizable evidence concealed on his person.
  • Upon failure of the above, staff shall request that the inmate visitor submit to a more extensive search. This search may include removing an article of clothing or up to and including a strip search . Strip searches may take place only with the approval of the Superintendent or a designee. Any visitor who is asked to remove any article of clothing or submit to a strip search must read and sign the log located in the processing area. Visitors must be informed that they may leave the institution rather than submit to a more extensive search. Any visitor who refuses a more extensive search will be denied entry. A report must be submitted to the shift commander explaining the circumstances and outcome of any searches. The report should then be forwarded to the Superintendent.
  • Any visitor who refuses to be strip-searched shall be told that she/he may not attempt to visit again until she/he has written permission from the Superintendent or his designee.
  • All strip searches shall be conducted in the search room located in the pedestrian trap. Two officers shall be present when a strip search is conducted with at least one of the officers being of the same gender as the visitor being searched. Only Officer(s) of the same gender as the visitor shall be in the search room during the search. If only one officer of the same gender is available the officer of the opposite sex shall remain outside of the room but immediately available should an incident occur.
  • Due to the potential for contraband being introduced into the institution via a child's diaper, it will be required that all diapers be changed in the pedestrian trap search room, by the parent (visit), under the supervision of the processing officer. Disposable diapers shall be provided by the institution. If a baby is requiring to wear a cloth diaper for medical reasons, the visiting parent shall be required to show documentation of this (i.e.: Doctor's note). The parent will be required to undo the cloth diaper to allow for examination by the pedestrian trap officer. Also, if an additional cloth diaper is to be brought into the visiting room, the visit shall be required to open it for staff examination. If the child's diaper needs to be changed during the visit, the parent (visit) and child will be escorted to the Pedestrian Trap where the child will be changed in the search room under staff supervision. Visiting room staff, as well as Pedestrian Trap staff shall have a supply of disposable diapers for this purpose.

General Visiting Procedures

  • No visits are allowed for inmates on isolation status. When an inmate is in isolation and cannot receive his visits, every effort will be made to allow the inmate to notify his visit of his non-visiting status. In circumstances in which an inmate cannot make a phone call, at the inmate's request someone from the unit team will notify the visit.
  • Carrying guns or other weapons, controlled substances, alcohol, or other contraband items in or out of the institution or on state property is strictly prohibited, and may result in the loss of visiting privilege and/or criminal prosecution.
  • Visitors are required to lock their cars and secure personal items either in their car or in a locker available in the Main Lobby.
  • Visitors will be allowed to carry out of the visiting room what they brought in with them.
  • The pedestrian trap officer will check the hand stamp of all visitors before they exit the institution.
  • In the event it is count time and a visit is over, the inmate shall not be allowed to leave until the count is completed.
  • In the event the visiting room is at full capacity, visits will be terminated in order by slip number. The first visitors in will be the first visitors terminated, after a one-hour duration.

NOTE : General population visits are designated as limited contact. The inmate and visitor are allowed a very brief welcoming and departing embrace and closed mouth kiss. The inmate and visitor will sit side by side with their feet on the floor and will maintain correct posture. Inmates and visitors shall be allowed to hold hands. The visitors' and inmates' backs should have contact against the seat backrest. The visitor and inmate will not lay their head on the shoulder or against the head of the other. Rubbing of arms or legs of the other will not be permitted. Conversational voice volume is to be used distracting loudness will not be permitted to disturb other visitors.

CHILDREN VISITATION

Regulations

  • No child who was a victim of the inmate's offense shall be authorized to visit without the authorization of the Commissioner or designee.
  • All children (17 years or younger) wishing to visit must be accompanied by an adult in possession of the child's birth certificate. The birth certificate must be an original (long form) and an official document with a raised town seal on it.
  • Children accompanied by an adult other than their parent/legal guardian must have written permission from the parent/legal guardian. A Minor Request Form must be filled out and notarized in advance of the visit and sent to the Institution for the Superintendent's signature. The visitor must bring the signed/notarized minor consent form and original (long form) birth certificate with them to the visit.
  • Children in the visiting area shall be the responsibility of the adult visitor and shall not be allowed to engage in disruptive behavior or the visit will be terminated.

** NO MINOR MAY BE LEFT UNATTENDED IN ANY AREAS **

ON STATE PROPERTY INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO VEHICLES, LOBBY, ETC.

Children's Area

  • The children's area shall consist of four small round tables with chairs at the front of the visiting room. This is to allow supervision by the visiting parent / guardian.
  • children's play area shall be supervised by the visiting parent / guardian and the visiting room officers. The visiting parent / guardian shall be responsible for their children's conduct and actions at all times.
  • The institution shall provide children's reading material, coloring books, and crayons approved by the Superintendent for the children's play area. These shall remain in the area of the children's play tables at all times during the visiting periods.
  • The children's reading materials, coloring books, and crayons shall be secured and stored by the visiting room staff after the visiting period is over.

BATHROOM FACILITIES

  • Visitors shall notify the Visiting Room officer prior to using the bathroom area. Children under the age of ten (10) must be accompanied by the parent or guardian other than the inmate.
  • The officer will unlock the bathroom door and allow the visitor to enter. The officer will remain outside the bathroom door.
  • All visitors will be pat searched inside the restroom before being allowed back into the visiting room. Visitors are expected to keep these areas clean.
  • The restroom facilities are available for use at the discretion of the Officer in Charge. If in the event the visitor is unable to wait until such time that restroom facilities are available, the visitor has the option to end the visit and leave the institution. The visitor will not be allowed to re-enter the institution for the remainder of the day.
  • Inmates and visitors will not be allowed to use the restrooms from ½ hour prior to the end of visits until the visiting period is over.
  • Inmates are not authorized to utilize restrooms within the visiting room. Inmates may leave the visiting room to use the facilities in his housing unit. He will not be permitted to return to the visiting room.

FUNDS/CORRESPONDANCE

Visitors may not drop off money deposits during visiting hours. SBCC inmates can only receive funds through the mail. Visitors cannot drop off any correspondence to inmates during visiting hours.

TRANSPORTATION

Visitor Parking

  • All inmate visitors shall park in the visitor's parking area located directly in front of the institution.
  • A vehicle should never be left running unless it is occupied. Therefore, the use of remote control or keyless ignition type starters will be prohibited by all inmate visitors in Institution parking lots.
  • People who are providing a ride to an inmate's visitor, who are waiting for the visiting period to end, must leave state property.

Public Transportation

The MBTA Train schedule and a taxi telephone numbers listing is posted in the locked cabinet near the payphones in the lobby of the institution.

RULE VIOLATIONS

  • Any violation of visiting rules by inmates may result in disciplinary action and/or loss of visiting privilege.
  • Any violation of visiting rules by visitors may result in termination of the visit and loss of visiting privilege.

Visitor Smoking

The smoking, possession or other use of tobacco products by visitors is prohibited in all Department of Correction facilities and on all DOC property.

Visitors Access to Rules and Regulations

A copy of the institutional visiting rules and procedures shall be made available to any visitor who requests one. Along with this, requests for directions to the facility and local transportation information shall be provided (483p1 Attachment C).

OUTSIDE HOSPITAL VISITS

  • Inmates temporarily confined to an outside hospital, other than the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, will not be allowed visits unless the inmates medically determined to be in critical condition or imminent danger of death.
  • Outside Hospital visit requests can be made by contacting the Superintendent's office. Visit approval will be document in writing and forwarded to the Shift Commander. The Shift commander or designee will contact the outside hospital detail with the visit information (i.e. duration of visit, visitor information and any additional special circumstances) this will be documented in the outside hospital detail logbook.

SPECIAL VISITS

Exceptions to the visiting schedule, duration of visits, the number of people allowed to visit at one time, and/or other requests can be approved under special circumstances. Such requests must be submitted in writing to the Deputy Superintendent of Operations. Special visit approval will be documented in writing and a copy will be sent to the requesting visitor, the inmate, the visitor processing desk and outer control.

S.B.C.C. GENERAL AND NON CONTACT POPULATION VISITING HOURS

DAY

NORTH HOUSING

L,M,N,P

1&2

SOUTH HOUSING

G,H,J,K

1&2

ALTERNATING

NORTH & SOUTH

HOUSING

SUNDAY

1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. /

6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

9:00A.M. - 11:00A.M.

MONDAY

NO VISITS

NO VISITS

NO VISITS

TUESDAY

1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

WEDNESDAY

1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

THURSDAY

1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. /

6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

FRIDAY

1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. /

6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

SATURDAY

1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. /

6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

HOLIDAYS

1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

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

HOLIDAYS OBSERVED : News Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Washington's Birthday, Evacuation Day, Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Bunker Hill Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Holiday visits shall rotate between North and South side housing units, Prior to the holiday the scheduled times shall be posted in the housing units and visitor lobby.

A maximum of two (2) adults with, four (4) visitors total (ex: 2 adults and up to 2 children or 1 adult and up to 3 children) will be allowed to visit at any one time. Inmates are allowed three (3) visits per week, one (1) visit per day, including holidays.

If the visiting room becomes crowded, the visit which commenced first will be terminated; however, visits shall be at least one (1) hour in duration. The visiting room shall be cleared of all visits by 11:00 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and then again by 8:30 p.m.

Visitors will not be allowed to gain entrance between 2:40 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., during change of shifts and after 8:00 p.m. The last visitor must be in the pedestrian trap by 2:30 pm.

Visitors are allowed to enter the Visiting Room once a day. Once a visitor leaves the Visiting Room and/or institution, they will not be permitted re-entry.

Money deposits may be mailed to the inmate at the Institution. Money deposits may also be dropped off during visits by depositing the in the appropriate box located in the main lobby. Cashiers checks, money orders or postal orders are preferable; however, personal checks will be accepted. There is a seven (7) day hold on all personal checks. Please do not send cash. We are not responsible for lost cash.

Alternating additional visiting periods are posted in Visiting Room, Lobby, and Housing Units. The visiting periods are on Sunday from 9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. and Wednesday from 6:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. and shall rotate between North and South General Population Units.

S.B.C.C. S.M.U. VISITING HOURS

DAY

TIME

SUNDAY

9:00 am to 10:00 am / 10:00 am to 11:00 am / 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm / 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm / 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm / 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

MONDAY

NO VISITS

TUESDAY

NO VISITS

WEDNESDAY

9:00 am to 10:00 am / 10:00 am to 11:00 am / 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

THURSDAY

NO VISITS

FRIDAY

9:00 am to 10:00 am / 10:00 am to 11:00 am / 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm / 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm / 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm / 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

SATURDAY

NO VISITS

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

ALL VISITS MUST BE SCHEDULED A MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE WITH THE S.M.U. UNIT, but not more than 10 days in advance.Visits can be scheduled by calling the sergeant of the North or South SMU seven days a week between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. or between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Visitors arriving 20 minutes late for their scheduled visit will not be allowed to visit and must reschedule a new visiting period.

Money deposits may be mailed to the inmate at the Institution. Money deposits may also be dropped off during visits by depositing the in the appropriate box located in the main lobby.. Cashiers checks, money orders or postal orders are preferable; however, personal checks will be accepted. There is a seven (7) day hold on all personal checks. Please do not send cash. We are not responsible for lost cash.

For security reasons, due to the location of the SMU in the institution, a maximum of one (1) adult is allowed to visit a SMU inmate at a time. Visits are limited to one (1) hour in duration. SMU inmates, as well as non-contact population visit inmates, are allowed two (2) visiting periods per week.

DAY

TIME

SUNDAY

NO VISITS

MONDAY

NO VISITS

TUESDAY

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

WEDNESDAY

NO VISITS

THURSDAY

9:00 am - 11:00 am

FRIDAY

NO VISITS

SATURDAY

9:00 am - 11:00 am

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

HOLIDAYS OBSERVED: News Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Washington's Birthday, Evacuation Day, Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Bunker Hill Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

A maximum of two (2) adults, with four (4) visitors total (ex: 2 adults and up to 2 children or 1 adult and up to 3 children) will be allowed to visit at any one time. Inmates are allowed three (3) visits per week, one per day, including holidays.

Money deposits may be mailed to the inmate at the Institution. Money deposits may also be dropped off during visits by depositing the in the appropriate box located in the main lobby.. Cashiers checks, money orders or postal orders are preferable; however, personal checks will be accepted. There is a seven (7) day hold on all personal checks. Please do not send cash. We are not responsible for lost cash.

Holiday visits will occur between 9 to 11 am.

Souza- Baranowski Correctional Center

VISITOR SIGN-IN SHEET

Visitor #

Date

Time

VISITOR'S NAME

(PLEASE PRINT)

Officer's

Initials

1

2

3

4

** INMATE VISITORS MUST REGISTER ON THIS FORM AS THEY ENTER THE LOBBY TO ENSURE THE PROCESSING IS CONDUCTED IN THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY ARRIVE.

**At the end of the visiting period, forward completed form to the Visiting Room to be filed with visiting slips.

PHOTOGRAPH SCHEDULE

  • Inmates will be allowed to have Digital pictures taken with their visits bi-annually, on the following scheduled holidays:
  1. Independence Day
  2. Christmas Day
  • If the holiday falls on a weekend day, that Saturday and Sunday shall be the designated photograph days. If the holiday falls on a weekday, the Saturday and Sunday preceding the holiday shall be the designated photograph days.
  • There will be no exceptions to this schedule unless deemed necessary for security reasons.

PHOTOGRAPHING PROCESS

  • There will be two inmate photographers; a North side inmate for the North housing visits, and a South side inmate for the South housing visits.
  • The camera will be set up in the back area of the visiting room, to ensure constant supervision of the inmate worker's handling of the camera.
  • Digital pictures taken in the visiting room will be developed at a later date. The pictures will be reviewed and sign by staff prior to being distributed to the inmate. At the time of the photo the inmates name and commitment number will be placed on a sheet with the corresponding picture number to ensure integrity of the picture (attachment A).

PHOTOGRAPH REQUESTS

  • Inmates who are requesting to have pictures taken in the visiting room with their visits on scheduled holidays will be required to submit a charge slip to their Unit Team for approval.
  • Once all appropriate paper work is turned in, the unit team member shall forward it to the treasurer's office for processing. All paperwork must be turned in to the Treasurer's office by the Wednesday preceding the scheduled holiday.
  • Three (3) pictures per inmate will be allowed per visiting period. The cost of the pictures will be 3 for $1.00. The funds MUST come from the inmate's personal account.

REQUEST PROCESSING

  • Charge slips for inmate photograph requests, shall be processed by the clerk who handles inmate accounts on the Thursday proceeding the scheduled holiday. An inmate intra-fund transaction list shall be generated and enclosed in the locked camera box, along with the appropriate amount of film needed for the holiday period. The visiting room staff shall procure the locked camera box from the Treasurer's office on the Friday afternoon, which proceeds the scheduled holiday. It shall be picked up prior to the commencement of the visiting schedule for that day.
  • The camera, any unused film and the inmate sign off sheet shall be locked in the camera box and secured in Inner Control between visiting periods. On the Monday morning following the scheduled holiday, the locked box shall be retrieved from Inner Control by Treatment staff and returned to the Treasurer's office for inventory purposes.

REFUNDS

  • Refunds to the inmate's personal account for any unused or damaged photographs will be processed in a timely manner.

RULES FOR PHOTOGRAPHS

  • No hand signs will be allowed during photographing.
  • Only one inmate per photograph
  • Proper dress required, i.e.: Shirts must be worn.
  • No inappropriate actions during photo taking, to include oiling body for photograph.
  • Photographs will ONLY be taken for the inmates listed on the Intra-fund list enclosed with the camera. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Inmates may ONLY refuse to accept photographs due to operator error.

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Facility Type

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of MA DOC - Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC) 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 100 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 978-514-6500 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

State maximum facilities are high-security institutions designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences, and a history of violence and creating problems for the staff. High-security facilities are also referred to as penitentiaries. These prisons are usually behind heavy-duty perimeters, including high, thick walls and reinforced fences. There are cameras situated throughout the buildings for close monitoring of inmate actions. Inmates secured in high-security facilities are not allowed to work out in the field in any community programs.

Housing consists of single and double cells with very limited movement. The cells are self-contained built for 23 hours per day detainment, one-hour for recreation and fresh air. All perimeters are triple-fenced with extensive electronic surveillance. They have no opportunity to socialize with other inmates. They are considered to be the most dangerous of all the incarcerated population.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - maximum 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 - Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC) 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 - Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC) 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 - Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC) at 100 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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