Carol Mici, Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Classification
c/o Correctional Industries
P.O. Box 188
Norfolk, MA 02056
Phone: (508) 850-7745
The mission of the Classification Division is to maximize public safety, successful community reentry and institutional order by effectively and objectively identifying the security level and programmatic needs of each inmate based on available resources as governed by the department policy, rules and regulations, and statutory requirements.
Inmates are classified using an objective point base classification system. An objective point base classification system is the standardized evaluation and custody assignment of an inmate based on objectively defined criteria. The criteria are weighed, scored, and organized into a valid and reliable classification instrument. Any applicable restrictions or overrides are applied in a systematic manner and are monitored for appropriateness.
The Classification Division consists of the following Units:
The Transfer Unit manages the Department’s bed space on a daily basis ensuring efficient use of all available beds. Working closely with correctional facilities and the Department's Central Transportation Unit, the Transfer Unit coordinates the transfer of all inmates.
Central Date Computation Unit
The Central Date Computation Unit (CDCU) processes and monitors all inmates' sentencing orders and release dates creating a system where dates are calculated from "commitment to release" by date computation experts in central office. Staff within this unit ensure inmate dates are computed timely and accurately, that releases occur timely and that outstanding legal issues are followed up on immediately. This unit prepares all Certificates of Discharge/Release for the state in compliance with Massachusetts General Law. The Director and Deputy Director of the CDCU are the Commissioner's designee for final releases.
Data Collection Unit
The Data Collection Unit works closely with the District Attorneys, the Massachusetts State Police, local Police Departments and the Massachusetts Board of Probation to track and collect official versions of inmates' offenses in order to appropriately house and classify them.
Central Records Unit
The mission of Central Records Unit is to provide accurate information to authorized person/agencies in compliance with all laws, policies and procedures.
The Central Records Unit (CRU) maintains the inactive institutional six-part record(s) of all released inmates on site for 5 years. The CRU is the liaison for the Social Security PUPS program and provides support to the Sex Offender Registry Board and the Federal Probation Department. One of the primary functions of the CRU is to provide, upon request, penitentiary packs to District Attorney’s Offices for the purposes of enhanced convictions under the Habitual Criminal/Offender laws.
The Central Records Manager is the Keeper of Record for the Department of Correction and testifies upon being summoned as to the authenticity of an inmate's prior commitments. Additionally, this manager also indirectly oversees all of the facility Records Departments to include training and facility support.
County, Federal and Interstate Unit
The County, Federal and Interstate (CFI) Unit is responsible for tracking, coordinating transfers and transportation of inmates to and from County, Federal and out of state facilities. Transfers are done via the classification process and in accordance with Department policy, 103 DOC 419 Federal/Interstate Compact. All out of state and federal referrals are processed by the CFI Unit.
Victim Services Unit
The DOC Victim Services Unit (VSU) provides information, timely notification, and support to victims of crime and other concerned individuals with respect, compassion and confidentiality The VSU ensures that the DOC complies with the Rights of Victims and Witnesses of Crime Act, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 258B. VSU can assist individuals who are victims of or in fear of an offender in becoming certified to receive information regarding that offender.
To apply for certification or learn more about VSU’s services, please contact the VSU at 978-369-3618
Sex Offender Unit
The Sex Offender Unit ensures compliance with Massachusetts General Laws chapter 123A, section 12(a) pursuant to the commitment of sexually dangerous person(s) by identifying and referring all eligible inmates to the Attorney General as well as the respective District Attorney(s). The Sex Offender Unit also completes all public safety notifications regarding released sex offenders from custody to the community.