South Middlesex Correctional Center
(Security Level Minimum/Pre-Release)
Lisa Jackson, Superintendent
135 Western Avenue
PO Box 850
Framingham, MA 01701
Phone (508) 879-1241
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.
Located 22 miles from Boston in the City of Framingham and founded in 1976 with an original population of twenty-five inmates, South Middlesex Correctional Center is a two-hundred bed facility for minimum status and prerelease female inmates within the Department of Correction. Originally a facility for inmates with Prerelease status, SMCC occupied the Hodder House, now a part of MCI-Framingham. In August of 1981, the institution transferred to its current location. In 1990, a new wing was added, and the institution was able to incorporate a minimum unit within it's operations. The mission of South Middlesex has always been one that seeks to protect the public from criminal offenders, while providing inmates with rehabilitative opportunities that will aid in their return to society.
On July 1, 2002 South Middlesex Correctional Center's population became all female. South Middlesex Correctional Center consists of one large three-story building with a basement. The first floor consists of administrative offices, while the second and third floors are used as inmate living quarters. Most of these rooms are double occupancy, with some additional rooms that are either used as singles or house several women. As a Minimum Security and Prerelease facility, SMCC is not within a secure perimeter and there are no lock-in cells.
The work release inmate population at South Middlesex Correctional Center hold jobs within the surrounding community, and those workers are paid an average wage of $7 per hour. Many of the employment opportunities are offered by area fast food restaurants. In turn, these inmates contribute 15% of their earnings to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Fund in order to help offset the cost of room and board. Minimum status inmates work within the institution as cooks, janitors, or carpenters, or in the community under direct staff supervision for a stipend of $3 per day.