Massachusetts has only one kind of short-term confinement facility in their corrections system; these are county jails. There are fourteen county jails in Massachusetts. Pretrial detainees and people who were just arrested are held in county jails. Often a judge will order a light sentence in jail rather than send the offender to prison. This is the case for petty misdemeanors and other small crimes.
Each county jail is owned by the county and operated and managed by the local county Sheriff’s Office. These law enforcement agencies are also the ones in charge of Massachusetts county jail inmate records. Due to the fact that many Sheriff’s Offices have websites with inmate locator features, it is very easy for anyone to perform a Massachusetts county jail inmate search at any time of day or night.
County jails in Massachusetts have a specific number of beds/cells, and they each have varying degrees of custody. Some hold both male and female inmates, and some serve only one gender. Many of them are accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Some offer specialized programs to help inmates improve for when they get out of jail. These programs may include education, vocation, addiction and anger management, and other areas of focus. Some offer video calls between inmates and family members who do not live close by, regular visitation, a commissary, and medical and mental health services along with assistance with substance abuse issues.
There are fourteen local county jails in the state of Massachusetts. The list includes:
There are approximately 9,900 people in local county jails in Massachusetts. Only.06% of those inmates are women; the rest are men. Roughly 3,990 inmates are White, 2,500 are Black, 2,400 are Hispanic, and the rest mixed races. The majority of them are between 20–59 years old.
More than half of all inmates in county jails are there because of crimes against another person. After that, the top reasons are sex crimes, drug charges, property offenses, and other crimes.