Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center

Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center
(Security Level Maximum)

Steven Silva, Superintendent
State Rd
PO Box 8000
Shirley, Ma. 01464
Phone (978)514-6500

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.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resources


The Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC), located on 18 acres of land at the Shirley Correctional Complex in Shirley, Massachusetts, is the Massachusetts Department of Correction's newest correctional facility. Construction began on Souza-Baranowski on November 19, 1996. Less than 2 years later, SBCC was completed incorporating the highest degree of technical integration of any prison in the country. Officially opening on September 30, 1998, this 500,000 square foot, high-tech, maximum security facility. The security system is operated by 42 graphic interfaced computer terminals (GUI), which drive a keyless security system. The GUI controls 1705 doors, lights, receptacles, water, intercom/Public Address, fire alarms and vehicle gates. Incorporating one of the largest camera matrix systems in the country, 366 cameras record live 24 hours a day. The perimeter surveillance system includes taut wire and microwave detection systems.

SBCC offers a full range of educational, vocational and substance abuse programming.

The Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center was named in the memory of two correctional staff, Corrections Officer James Souza and Industrial Instructor Alfred Baranowski, who were killed at MCI Norfolk in 1972 during an aborted escape attempt by a convicted murderer.