Boston Jail & Prison

Find Boston Massachusetts jails, prisons, detention centers, departments of corrections, and penitentiaries. Jails and prisons provide information on inmate searches, rosters, lookups, lists, records, and mugshot photos.


Dorchester Prison 516 Warren Street Boston MA 02121 617-427-2522


Suffolk County House Of Correction & Jail 20 Bradston Street Boston MA 02118 617-635-1000

Suffolk County Jail 200 Nashua Street Boston MA 02114 617-635-1100

About Jails & Prisons

A Boston Jail or Prison is a secure facility located in Boston, MA where individuals, referred to as inmates, are involuntarily confined and their freedoms and movement are restricted as a consequence of criminal behavior. Boston Jails are short-term facilities where inmates either await trial or sentencing for a crime, or serve relatively short sentences. Boston Prisons are longer-term facilities where inmates serve out a prison sentence, usually of a year or more, for their crimes.

You may contact Jails & Prisons for questions about:
  • Locating Boston inmates
  • Finding out who is in Jail or Prison
  • Searching for criminal records
  • Performing Boston background checks
  • Contacting, visiting and sending money to inmates
Boston Inmate Searches

All levels of Boston Jails and Prisons provide information about inmates upon request. You may contact correctional facilities to search for inmates. Detention facilities in Boston, MA provide details of Jail and Prison rosters, inmate contact information, visitation policies and procedures, and how send money to loved ones who may be incarcerated. Boston inmate searches and lookups are available by contacting Boston Jails,, Massachusetts State, and Federal Prisons.

Boston Jails

Jails are government facilities in the county criminal justice system. A Lockup is a particular type of Jail that serves as a temporary holding facility, attached to the Police Department or Sheriff's Department, which houses suspects while they await bail or transport to another Jail.

Prisons in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Prisons can be categorized by level of security: minimum, medium, or maximum. Minimum Security Prisons allow inmates considerable daily movement and are intended for non-violent criminals and inmates who pose little risk of escape or threat to prison staff or other inmates. Medium Security Prisons are somewhat more restrictive facilities, but still allow for daily movement and house inmates in housing units instead of cells. Maximum Security Prisons are reserved for the most violent offenders and those who pose the highest escape threat, and these facilities place the greatest restrictions on inmates.

In Massachusetts, State Prisons are run by a Department of Corrections (DOC) or the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Federal Prisons are the responsibility of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP). While most prisons are owned and operated by government agencies, many prisons have been privatized. Private prisons are owned and operated by for-profit companies under contract with government agencies, though oversight of private prisons remains the responsibility of, Massachusetts State, and Federal Government.