Boston Pre-Release Center – Massachusetts

Do you know somebody in Boston Pre-Release Center?  Boston Pre-Release Center is a correctional institution in the Massachusetts state prison system.  This page will tell you information about everything a person needs to know about Boston Pre-Release Center,like the following:  How to do a prison inmate search.  Visiting an inmate here.  The prison’s address and phone number.  How to send mail and money to an inmate.  And lots more.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Boston Pre-Release Center
Year Opened: 1972
State: Massachusetts
County: Suffolk
DOC: Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Security Level: II, III

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Contact Information

In this section you have the mailing address and street address for Boston Pre-Release Center. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to a prisoner there, and be sure to use the street address if you want to know the location of Boston Pre-Release Center.

Mailing Address

Make sure to read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information further down on this page if you are going to mail a package or letter to an inmate to make sure that you properly address the package or letter, and use the correct steps for sending a letter or package. If you don’t follow the appropriate protocol, the package or letter might not get delivered.

Boston Pre-Release Center
430 Canterbury St 
Roslindale MA, 2131

Street Address / Prison Location


Boston Pre-Release Center
430 Canterbury St 
Roslindale MA, 2131

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (617) 822-5000
Fax Number:

Map and Directions

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Use the street address if you are visiting an inmate. Be sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information below before you go to visit someone in prison.

Boston Pre-Release Center
430 Canterbury St 
Roslindale MA, 2131


Directions to Boston Pre-Release Center

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Phone Number

Inmates don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call an inmate, however, there are some times when it is helpful to know the telephone number to Boston Pre-Release Center.
(617) 822-5000

Boston Pre-Release Center inmates may be able to make phone calls using various methods:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Boston Pre-Release Center inmates don’t have faxes, so you won’t get to send a fax to your inmate, but there might be times when it might be necessary to know the fax number to Boston Pre-Release Center.

Email Address

The email address listed below is the main email for Boston Pre-Release Center. You won’t be able to reach inmates at this email. If you are going to email a prisoner, go to the Inmate Email heading on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

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Inmate Email

To send email to a prisoner at Boston Pre-Release Center you must follow an exact procedure to ensure that the email is received by your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

State prisoners are not permitted to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special rules that are necessary to follow when mailing a package or letter to a inmate. If you do not then the mail might not be received.

Before you send anything, read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility staff do open and read all received general postal correspondence. Received general mail is read as frequently as is necessary to keep security or watch any problems regarding a certain inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the correct format for how you need to address a package or letter to an inmate at Boston Pre-Release Center:

Boston Pre-Release Center
430 Canterbury St 
Roslindale MA, 2131

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Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary that was started to provide a bank account for prisoner funds and for purchasing things not provided by the prison.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone may add funds to prisoner’s Commissary accounts with Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends can to send inmates funds in the mail and will have to send the money to this address and do so in accordance with the directions listed below:

The funds must be in the form of a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is advisable to use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day holding period, and during this period the prisoner will not get the deposit. The Bureau of Prisons will return any funds that do not have valid prisoner info if the envelope it was sent it has a return address. Cash and personal checks won’t be deposited to the inmate’s account so don’t send cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

Inmates are frequently moved to various correctional facilities around the state, so sometimes you might need to look up the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to find an state prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Massachusetts state prisons: Massachusetts State Prisons

Massachusetts Department of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit Boston Pre-Release Center, make sure you be aware of this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Prison Visitation Policy

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each correctional facility in Massachusetts has its own rules for prison visits and these policies get changed regularly. The rules below may be changed now, so make sure to also check Boston Pre-Release Center’s website to get the most up to date visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer ensures every visitor signs the prison visitors log before they enter the correctional facility and upon departure.

Identification Required

Positive picture identification of visitors is required. The best forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued photo ID is acceptable.

For everything shown below, check the official prison site because this info changes often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Info about Boston Pre-Release Center prison records coming.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Section about Boston Pre-Release Center death row to be added later.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Section about Massachusetts parole process will be posted ASAP.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


More information about release procedures for Boston Pre-Release Center will be posted ASAP.

Inmate Programs

Boston Pre-Release Center Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

More information about prison life at Boston Pre-Release Center to be added later.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Boston Pre-Release Center news coming soon.


A Boston Pre-Release Center photo section coming.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Boston Pre-Release Center
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Boston Pre-Release Center.

If you have any photos of Boston Pre-Release Center that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a job at a correctional facility? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in your previous job?

If so, check out: Boston Pre-Release Center Jobs

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The official website: Boston Pre-Release Center Website

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • The right to protection from the accused.
  • The right to notification.
  • The right to attend proceedings.
  • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • The right to restitution.
  • The right to a speedy trial.
  • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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Family Resources

More information about family resources to be added later.


Boston Pre-Release Center history to be added later.

Such as:

  • Famous Boston Pre-Release Center inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Massachusetts State Prisons: Massachusetts State Prisons

Boston Pre-Release Center Links

The official website: Boston Pre-Release Center Website
Boston Pre-Release Center Jobs
Directions to Boston Pre-Release Center
Boston Pre-Release Center Inmate Programs
Inmate Visitation Instructions

Massachusetts Department of Corrections Links

Massachusetts Department of Corrections Main Website
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Prison Directory
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Prison Map
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Prison Jobs
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Prison Inmate Search
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Most Wanted

Massachusetts Department of Corrections Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Massachusetts State Prison Inmate

Sending Mail to Massachusetts State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Massachusetts State Prison Inmates
Massachusetts State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Boston Pre-Release Center

Have you ever been a prisoner in Boston Pre-Release Center? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this correctional facility?

If yes, then please write your review about it. Write about what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

Things you could put in what you write:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Inmate programs and activities

If you are an inmate at Boston Pre-Release Center, include your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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