Massachusetts Criminal Records

Your Massachusetts state guide to courts, police, jails, crime data, records, and more.


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With 6,560,595 residents as of 2012, Massachusetts is number 14 in the country by population and number 45 by land size, occupying 7,800 square miles.


Massachusetts Criminal Records Search

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There is a distinction between "jails" and "prisons." Jail are operated locally, by cities and counties. Being primarily short term facilities, jails will hold inmates sentenced to terms of one year or less, and they are typically misdemeanants. Jails will also hold inmates awaiting trial on the local level. Prisons, on the other hand, are long term facilities run by federal or state governments (and often private companies). Prisons house convicted felons and inmates serving a term of more than one year. Below is a list of the 10 largest jails, by average inmate population, in Massachusetts.

Facility
City
Average Inmate Population
BARNSTABLE COUNTY JAIL & HOUSE OF CORRECTIONBourne402
BERKSHIRE COUNTY JAIL & HOUSE OF CORRECTIONPittsfield378
DUKES COUNTY JAIL & HOUSE OF CORRECTIONEdgartown-1
ESSEX COUNTY ALTERNATIVE CORRECTIONAL CENTERLawrence-1
ESSEX COUNTY WOMEN IN TRANSITIONSalisbury-1
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY JAIL & HOUSE OF CORRECTIONNorthampton270
NORFOLK COUNTYDedham621
PLYMOUTH COUNTY HOUSE OF CORRECTION & JAILPlymouth1,509
SUFFOLK COUNTY HOUSE OF CORRECTIONBoston-1
SUFFOLK COUNTY JAILBoston-1