Prison Overcrowding: Massachusetts

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Massachusetts’ Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2007-2008

DOC COSTS

  • Annual expenditures – $1.25 billion
  • Percentage of the general fund – 4.6%
  • Average annual cost per inmat – $42,418

 DOC POPULATION

  • Total number of state correctional facilities – 15
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction – 10,132
  • Average sentence – 54.1 months for males, 32.8 months for females
  • Median age – 37 years

Organization of state divisions, view here.

PAROLE

  • Facilities – 8
  • Employees – 200
  • Population – 5,741

OVERCROWDING QUICK FACTS

  • The total custody overcrowding rate for DOC facilities as of December 31, 2007 was 141%.
  • The highest overcrowding rate was for medium security facilities at 153%. The overcrowding rate is determined based on the average daily population of the facility divided by the number of beds (design capacity).

POINTS OF CONTACT

List of Contact Information

HELPFUL LINKS

Massachusetts Department of Correction

See also,

Michigan Prison Overcrowding