Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Norfolk

State Prison

Last Updated: February 19, 2024
Address
2 Clark St, Norfolk, MA 02056
Beds
1575
County
Norfolk
Phone
508-660-5900
Mailing Address
PO Box 43, Norfolk, MA 02056

MCI-Norfolk is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

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You can support your loved ones at MCI-Norfolk on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 508-660-5900.

Located at 2 Clark St in Norfolk, MA, MCI-Norfolk carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. MCI-Norfolk offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on Massachusetts Correctional Institution (MCI) - Norfolk so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

MCI-Norfolk, situated just south of Boston, is a medium-security prison with a significant historical background. Housing an average of 1524 inmates daily, it's the largest facility of its kind in Massachusetts. Despite its medium-security rating, MCI-Norfolk has a maximum-security perimeter encompassing a five-thousand-foot-long, nineteen-foot-high wall surrounding an area of thirty-five acres. Inside this wall, there's a mix of eighteen dormitory-style living units and two modular units, separated by a large central grass quadrangle. Various buildings within the perimeter accommodate administrative and security personnel, health services, support staff, and vocational and educational programs.

Initially established as the first 'community-based' prison in the United States, MCI-Norfolk has a rich history dating back to 1927. In its early years, inmates were transferred from the state prison in Charlestown to live in houses within the compound. The institution's layout, including the prison wall, was primarily constructed by inmates, fostering a more spacious and campus-like atmosphere conducive to a unique approach to 'community life' in the realm of Massachusetts Penology. In the 1950s, the prison was officially renamed the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Norfolk.

Various programs are available at MCI-Norfolk to support inmate rehabilitation and personal development:

- **Able Minds:** A staff-facilitated book discussion group aimed at shifting criminal thinking and teaching interpersonal problem-solving skills.
- **Alternatives to Violence:** A volunteer-led program focusing on conflict resolution to reduce violence.
- **Chess Club:** A staff-supervised program offering chess lessons and tournaments.
- **Emotional Awareness & Healing:** A volunteer-coordinated program promoting emotional and spiritual growth, along with skills to reduce disruptive behavior.
- **Family Awareness:** A three-month program emphasizing family values through presentations, guest speakers, and discussions.
- **Gambler's Anonymous:** A volunteer-facilitated self-help program for gambling addiction.
- **HIV/AIDS Education:** Ranging from basic education to support groups, this program addresses the needs of HIV-positive inmates.
- **Jericho Circle Project:** A volunteer-led group targeting criminogenic risk factors to foster integrity, accountability, and emotional intelligence.
- **Music Theory Program:** Inmates learn basic music theory, rehearse, and perform in bands under staff supervision.
- **National Education for Assistant Dog Services (NEADS):** An 18-month program where inmates train service dogs to assist people with disabilities.
- **Nuestra Familia:** A three-month program focusing on family values, tailored for Hispanic inmates.
- **Parenting/Family Services:** Various programs and support groups aimed at skill-building, education, and reintegration for inmates and their families.
- **Poetry Group:** Inmates participate in poetry workshops with community artists.
- **Project Youth:** Inmates engage with high school students to share personal experiences and discuss the consequences of their actions.

These programs reflect MCI-Norfolk's commitment to providing inmates with opportunities for growth, education, and rehabilitation.

Inmate Locator

MCI-Norfolk maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

For holiday visiting schedules and to verify normal visiting schedules, which are subject to change, please call the facility to verify at the phone number at the top of the page.

Visiting Hours

Sunday - Wednesday:
1:00 pm-8:30 pm

Saturday:
1:00 pm-8:30 pm

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