Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Cedar Junction

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Massachusetts Correctional Institution—Cedar Junction
Location Walpole / Norfolk, Massachusetts (South Walpole postal address, ZIP code 02071)
Coordinates 42°6′20.1″N 71°17′23.9″W / 42.105583°N 71.289972°W / 42.105583; -71.289972Coordinates: 42°6′20.1″N 71°17′23.9″W / 42.105583°N 71.289972°W / 42.105583; -71.289972
Security class Level 6 (Maximum)[1]
Capacity 633
Population 785
Opened 1955
Managed by Massachusetts Department of Correction
Director Superintendent James Saba

The Massachusetts Correctional Institution—Cedar Junction (MCI-Cedar Junction), formerly known as MCI-Walpole, is a maximum security prison with an average daily population of approximately 800 adult male inmates under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Correction. It was opened in 1956 to replace Charlestown State Prison, the oldest prison in the nation at that time. MCI-Cedar Junction is one of two (the other one being Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center) maximum security prisons for male offenders in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MCI-Cedar Junction also houses the Departmental Disciplinary Unit (DDU). During the 1970s, Cedar Junction (then known as Walpole) was one of the most violent prisons in the United States.[2] It is located on both sides of the line between the towns of Walpole and Norfolk, and has a South Walpole mailing address. (South Walpole is not a political entity.)

In 1988, the prison was host to Mother Teresa for two hours on her tour through the state's prisons.[citation needed]

As of June 2009, MCI-Cedar Junction is now the Department of Correction's reception and diagnostic center which receives all new male court commitments within the Commonwealth.

Notable prisoners[edit]

  • Aaron Hernandez, former professional football player for the New England Patriots, convicted on April 15, 2015 of first degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the Murder of Odin Lloyd. Following sentencing, he was received for intake at MCI Cedar Junction and assigned inmate number #W106228.[3] He remains there for processing, and will later be transferred to the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, MA. MCI Cedar Junction is located a mile and a half northwest of Gillette Stadium, where Hernandez played home games during his NFL career with the Patriots.[4]
  • Tom Manning, convicted of the murder of a police officer during a routine traffic stop. Manning was a member of the United Freedom Front (UFF) who bombed a series of US military and commercial institutes in the 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Stanley Ray Bond, bank robber, died in prison.[5][6]
  • Albert DeSalvo, otherwise known as the Boston Strangler, was imprisoned at Walpole in the old Departmental Segregation Unit. He died of multiple stab wounds at the prison in the medical ward. His murderer was never caught.[7]
  • Richard Colvin Reid, the "Shoe-bomber", was held at Cedar Junction, while awaiting federal prosecution.[8][9]
  • Joseph Druce was sentenced to life in prison, later becoming known for murdering convicted sex offender John Geoghan while incarcerated.[10]
  • Tony Costa was sentenced to life in prison, where he later killed himself, for the murders of three Cape Cod women in 1969.[11]
  • Clark Rockefeller convicted in June 2009 of the kidnapping of his daughter off the streets of Boston; he has many aliases all over the world and was convicted of two 1985 murders in Los Angeles County in 2013.
  • Barry Locke, former Mass. Secretary of Transportation, sentenced for corruption.[12]


  1. ^ "Security Levels". Mass. Executive Office of Public Safety. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  2. ^ Kauffman, Kelsey. Prison Officers and Their World. Harvard University Press. 1988
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  4. ^ "Hernandez officially booked into MCI Cedar Junction". April 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "RADICAL FUGITIVE GIVES UP SUSPECT IN 1970 HOLDUP THROWS GOING-AWAY PARTY, SURRENDERS". San Jose Mercury News. September 15, 1993. pp. 1A. 
  6. ^ Anarchist Black Cross Federation
  7. ^ "New Doubt In Boston Strangler Case". CBS News. December 6, 2001. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  8. ^ Kovalich, Jennifer (March 18, 2002). "Richard Reid moved from Plymouth to MCI-Cedar Junction". Daily News Transcript. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  9. ^ Young, Noel (January 30, 2003). "Shoe bomber was tormented by childhood race taunts, say lawyers". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  10. ^ Druce, Joseph (July 8, 2008). "VINELink Offender Locator". Massachusetts Department of Correction via Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  11. ^ Coleman, Jack. "Today in Cape history: Tony Costa arraigned in Truro murders”. Cape Cod Confidential. 3 June 2008.
  12. ^ Simon, James (May 20, 1982). "Court hears Locke appeal for lighter sentence". The Telegraph. Associated Press. p. 3. Retrieved 2014-09-13. 

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