Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center

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Souza Baranowski Correctional Center
Location Lancaster, Massachusetts
Status Operational
Security class Supermax
Capacity 1500 (Houses 1,237)
Opened September 30, 1998
Managed by Massachusetts Department of Correction
Director Superintendent Bruce Gelb

Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center is a maximum security prison located near MCI Shirley. It is located just inside the coextensive town line/county line of Lancaster/Worcester County that separates it from its immediate neighbor facility (which lies across the line in Shirley/Middlesex County), in Massachusetts, United States. The prison opened September 30, 1998 and is one of the most high-tech correctional facilities in the United States.

The center was named in the memory of two correctional staff, Corrections Officer James Souza and Industrial Instructor Alfred Baranowski, who were killed at MCI Norfolk in 1972 during an aborted escape attempt by a convicted murderer.

Supermax Security/Technology[edit]

Construction began on Souza-Baranowski on November 19, 1996. Less than 2 years later, SBCC was completed incorporating the highest degree of technical integration of any prison in the country. Officially opening on September 30, 1998, this 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2) is a high-tech, maximum security facility. The security system is operated by 42 graphic interfaced computer terminals (GUI), which drive a keyless security system. The GUI controls 1705 doors, lights, receptacles, water, intercom/Public Address, fire alarms and vehicle gates. Incorporating one of the largest camera matrix systems in the country, over 370 high definition cameras record live 24 hours a day. The perimeter surveillance system includes taut wire and microwave detection systems. This prison has been named by many as the worlds most technologically advanced prison. It was built using the highest quality high strength concrete and tool resistant steel, and has also been given praise for never having any breakouts. It holds some of the states most violent and dangerous criminals. It has also been given praise for being one of the only prisons in the United States to run almost entirely on solar, and hydroelectric power. In its short history it has been widely known to be one of the most secure prisons in the United States. It currently holds almost 1500 prisoners, and employs nearly 600 Correction Officers. [1]

Notable inmates[edit]

  • Joseph Druce murdered defrocked priest John Geoghan in the prison in August 2003. Geoghan, convicted of child molestation in 2002, was a key figure in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandals in the Boston Archdiocese in the 1990s and 2000s.
  • Neil Entwistle convicted in 2008 of murdering his wife, Rachel and baby daughter, Lillian Rose in their Hopkinton, Massachusetts home. He is now being incarcerated in Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater.
  • Workplace spree-killer - Michael "Mucko" McDermott, who murdered 7 people in 2000 at his workplace at Wakefield's Edgewater Technology. It was the deadliest workplace massacre in Massachusetts history.
  • Alfred J. Gaynor, the Springfield serial killer, is also currently staying at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, serving seven consecutive life sentences for raping and murdering seven Springfield women in 1997 and 1998.
  • Keith Luke Multiple murderer and rapist from Brockton Ma who carved a swastika into his own forehead and was known to be extremely dangerous and very violent. Luke committed suicide in 2014.

Prison Address[edit]

Although the prison is physically located in Lancaster, it gets its mail through a post office box in the nearby town of Shirley.

Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center
PO Box 8000
Shirley, MA 01464


  1. ^ Mass-dot-gov Website : Home / Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice / Prisons / State Correctional Facilities

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Coordinates: 42°31′24″N 71°38′53″W / 42.52333°N 71.64806°W / 42.52333; -71.64806