Kelly Ryan, Superintendent
MCI-Shirley is located approximately forty-two miles northwest of Boston on the Shirley / Lancaster Line. The facility maintains 13 inmate housing units, a twenty eight bed full service hospital unit, fifty nine bed segregation unit, gym, recreation areas, school, industries, laundry, vocational area, food services and programs. Catholic, Rabbi, Muslim & Protestant Chaplains provide the religious services for the facility. We also offer barber certification and culinary certification programs which upon successfully completing, inmates are allowed to take the Massachusetts State License exam and obtain a license.
MCI-Shirley Level 3 was opened in the early 1970's and MCI-Shirley Level 4 was opened to house inmates in July 1991. Subsequently in July 2002 Level 3 and 4 joined together as one institution and currently holds two security level of inmates. As a result of the consolidation the number of Level 3 housing units and bed space was reduced.
As of Spring 2004, a Special Needs Unit project was completed in the Health Services Unit area. The Department of Correction does not currently have an area to house elderly inmates that require assistance with daily living needs. This area, once on line and running, will house a maximum capacity of thirteen inmates.
Our Health Services Unit is fully staffed 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. We provide a variety of services to include Medical, Dental, Podiatry, Optometry, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychology, Physical Therapy and Phlebotomy. We currently have six dialysis stations that are used three times per week and a full service Physical Therapy Room. Inmates from all other Department of Correction facilities are transported as necessary to MCI-Shirley, for these services.
Although not all inmates in Level 4 are required to work, we do attempt to employ the maximum number in the specified areas. The are currently 485 inmate work assignments in Level 3 & 4. Inmates are also encourages to avail themselves to the many department & volunteer driven programs.