Lynn Bissonnette, Superintendent
The Massachusetts Department of Correction has zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and is committed to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct. The Department shall embrace the standards set forth by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and the American Correction Association for all state correctional jurisdictions.
MCI-Framingham is a medium security correctional facility for female offenders, located twenty-two miles west of Boston. MCI-Framingham is the Massachusetts Department of Correction's only committing institution for female offenders. It is noted as the oldest female correctional institution in operation in the United States. The facility houses women at various classification levels, including state sentenced and county offenders, and awaiting trial inmates. The facility consists of seven housing units within the compound, plus a two story 120+ bed modular housing unit. Also situated within the compound is a health service unit. The old administration building is presently used for inmate programming. The Betty Cole Smith Building includes inmate visiting, admissions processing area, administrative offices in addition to four housing units.
In addition to meeting the security needs of a medium security facility, MCI-Framingham provides numerous program and treatment opportunities including mental health, medical, substance abuse, and family services, as well as educational, library, religious, recreation, and community service programs such as the National Education for Assistant Dog Services. Programming also includes vocational programs such as cosmetology, culinary services and building trades. To this end, the female offender can access and utilize programs at MCI-Framingham, transfer to South Middlesex Correctional Center through the classification process, and make the reintegrative transition back into the community.