MCI-Plymouth is located in the Myles Standish State Forest approximately 10 miles from Plymouth, 52 miles from Boston and 29 miles from New Bedford. It is a 211 bed, level 3 minimum security and level 2 pre-release security community correctional facility. The facility mission statement is " We are dedicated professionals providing public safety through sound inmate accountability, while simultaneously offering offenders re-entry opportunities for self-improvement and providing service and support to local communities".
Correctional staff strives to set a high level of excellence, which reflects their commitment to operating a safe, clean and humane environment for all staff and inmates. All inmates work in a variety of job assignments at the facility and in the community on supervised work crews. Job assignments are intended to provide the offender with opportunities for positive behavioral change while developing work skills and dependable work ethics. Through the work crew program, inmates provide community reparation through agreements with local towns and State agencies such as the MA Highway Department and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
MCI Plymouth has traditionally housed minimum security inmates until June 24, 2012 when we opened our Pre-Release component. Pre-Release is a continued reduction in an inmate's security level. Through the use of assessments and guidelines, inmates who are within 18 months of their parole eligibility or release dates are eligible to participate in workrelease in the community. Inmates are allowed to work in the community and earn a paycheck. There are policies in place to determine what jobs will be available with the appropriate supervision. This program promotes successful reintegration back into society.
Inmates continue their re-entry planning while at the facility. To complement their efforts several programs are available to ensure they are adequately prepared for the transition from prison life into the community. Programs include the Thinking for A Change, Public Safety Transition Program, GED, ABE, ESL, Automotive Program, AA meetings, NA meetings, and various religious services.
The facility has partnered with the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) which offers inmates an opportunity to train service dogs. The program was established at MCI-Plymouth in February 2003. Each dog is trained at the facility for approximately twelve to fourteen months. NEADS is a non-profit organization who provides service dogs for children and adults who are hearing and physically impaired. Volunteers assist the program by taking the dogs into the community for socialization purposes. This is an extremely rewarding experience for all involved.
The correctional facility has greatly changed since it was constructed in 1952 as Restoration Camp #1 at the Myles Standish State Forest. It operated as a prison camp into the 1950s when it became MCI-Plymouth. By 1967, work programs were established in the correctional system and its role continues to change and offer unique opportunities for the inmates. Through the years, many construction projects and renovations have lead to the modern and effective community correctional facility it is today.
In August 2011, MCI-Plymouth was accredited by the American Correctional Association for a three-year period signifying an adherence to national standards.
In June 2008, the facility in conjunction with its privatized medical provider received accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care for its compliance with Standards for Health Services in Prisons.
On June 24, 2012, MCI Plymouth opened as a Pre-Release in response to one of the many re-entry initiatives outlined in The Massachusetts Corrections Master Plan.