Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center

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Souza Baranowski Correctional Center
Location Lancaster, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′24″N 71°38′53″W / 42.52333°N 71.64806°W / 42.52333; -71.64806Coordinates: 42°31′24″N 71°38′53″W / 42.52333°N 71.64806°W / 42.52333; -71.64806
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 in Lancaster, in Worcester County, Massachusetts, in the United States. It lies close to the county line between Worcester County and Middlesex County, Massachusetts. MCI Shirley is just across that line, in Shirley, Massachusetts. The prison opened on September 30, 1998, and is one of the most high-tech correctional facilities in the United States.[1]


  • Former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez was convicted on April 15, 2015 of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Following sentencing, he was transferred to Souza-Baranowski to carry out his life sentence without possibility of parole.[2]

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.[citation needed]

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


  1. ^ Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Accessed May 2015.
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