How many inmates are incarcerated in the DOC?
On July 1, 2012 there were 10,686 criminally sentenced inmates in the jurisdiction of the DOC. There were 640 offenders incarcerated as a civil commitment and 671 pre-trial detainees in the DOC.
How many Massachusetts inmates are incarcerated in other jurisdictions' facilities?
On July 1, 2012 there were 79 DOC inmates housed in other state or federal correctional facilities; 185 DOC inmates were housed in county correctional facilities.
What is the DOC overcrowding rate?
The total custody overcrowding rate for DOC facilities as of June 25, 2012 was 146%. The overcrowding rate for medium security facilities was 155%. The overcrowding rate is determined based on the average daily population of the facility divided by the number of beds (design capacity).
How many people are released from the DOC in a year?
During the year 2011, there were 3,313 criminally sentenced inmates released from both DOC facilities, as well as facilities in other jurisdictions. Of these releases, 2,281 (69%) were released to the street: 430 via parole and 1,851 through expiration of sentence. Of the 3,313 inmates released, 1,029 were female and 2,284 were male.
What is the average length of stay?
The average length of stay for state criminally sentenced males, including all paroles and discharges in 2009 was 4.75 years. For females, the average length of stay for state criminally sentenced releases to the street was 4.22 years and 179 days for county criminally sentenced releases to the street.
Length of Stay (LOS) is the number of days from the admission date to the release date based on an inmate’s commitment number. For inmates with multiple admissions and releases, total length of stay is the accumulation of LOS for each admission and release. Jail credits are included in this total length of stay.
What is the recidivism rate?
A 3 year recidivism study of 2,536 criminally sentenced inmates released from DOC institutions in 2007 yielded the following results: within the first year post-release 633 (25%) of the 2,536 released inmates recidivated, an additional 325 (13%) recidivated in the second year post-release, and another 121 (5%) recidivated within the third year post-release. The overall recidivism rate for inmates released in 2007 over the span of 3 years was 43%.
A recidivist is defined as any criminally sentenced inmate released to the street from a DOC facility during 2007 who is re-incarcerated for a new sentence or violation of parole or probation to a Massachusetts State or County facility or to a Federal facility within three years of his/her release.
How many "lifers" are incarcerated in Massachusetts DOC facilities?
On July 1, 2012, there were 1,928 inmates serving a life sentence. Of the 1,928, there were 1,027 inmates serving a first-degree life sentence while the remaining 901 were serving a sentence of second-degree life.
What is the racial/Hispanic ethnicity composition of the inmate population? Inmates serving criminal sentences on July 1, 2012 reported the following race/ethnicity: White 4,438 (41.5%), Black 3,060 (28.6%), Hispanic 2,909 (27.2%), Asian 149 (1.4%), American Indian/Alaskan Native 65 (0.6%), Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0 (0%), and Other 65 (0.6%).
Date last updated: August 2012