Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Shirley

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MCI - Shirley
PO Box 8000
Shirley, MA 01464
Security classLevel 4/3
CapacityOperational Capacity Med: 1,129

Operational Occupancy Med: 88% Operational Capacity Min: 326

Operational Occupancy Min: 83%
Opened1991 (1991)
Managed byMassachusetts Department of Correction
DirectorSuperintendent Michael Rodrigues

Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Shirley is a medium-security state prison in Shirley, Massachusetts. The facility also contains a minimum-security section which houses less dangerous prisoners. MCI-Shirley maintains 13 inmate housing units, a 28-bed full-service hospital unit, a 59-bed segregation unit, gym, recreation areas, school, industries, laundry, vocational area, and food services/programs. This facility is under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Correction. It is located directly to the north of the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a maximum-security facility in the town of Lancaster. On January 6, 2020 there was 992 Medium and 269 minimum inmates in general population beds.[1]


William Dean Howells, Shirley Shaker Village, an illustration from Three Villages, 1884.

MCI Shirley was previously a Shaker colony, Shirley Shaker Village. The religious order sold the property to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1903. It opened as a reform school in 1908, and was later adapted as a medium-security prison.[citation needed]


Pursuant to the Supreme Judicial Court’s April 3, 2020 Opinion and Order in the Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court, SJC-12926 matter, as amended on April 10, April 28 and June 23, 2020 (the “Order”), the Special Master posts weekly reports which are located on the SJC website here for COVID testing and cases for each of the correctional facilities administered by the Department of Correction and each of the county Sheriffs’ offices. The SJC Special master link above has the most up to date information reported by the correctional agencies and is posted for the public to view.

4 inmates have died due to Covid.[2]



  1. ^ "Weekly inmate report - 1/6/20".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "SJC-12926-Special-Master's-Weekly-Report-121020.pdf |". Retrieved 2020-12-30.

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Coordinates: 42°31′40″N 71°38′44″W / 42.52778°N 71.64556°W / 42.52778; -71.64556