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