MCI – Shirley – Massachusetts

Know somebody locked up at MCI – Shirley?  MCI – Shirley is a correctional facility in the Massachusetts state prison system, which is part of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.  This site will tell you info about everything you might want to know about MCI – Shirley,like the following:  Find out who’s in prison at this facility?  Visitation policies and procedures.  The prisons’s phone number and address.  Sending money and mail.  And lots more.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: MCI – Shirley
Year Opened: 1970’s
State: Massachusetts
County: Middlesex
DOC: Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Security Level: III, IV

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Contact Information

In this section is the street address and mailing address for MCI – Shirley. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a letter or package to a prisoner at MCI – Shirley, and use the physical address if you want to know the physical location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page if you are going to send something to an inmate so that you correctly address the letter or package, and follow the right protocol for sending a package or letter. If you do not follow the correct directions, the letter or package could not get delivered.

MCI – Shirley
PO Box 1218 
Shirley MA, 1464

Street Address / Prison Location


MCI – Shirley
PO Box 1218 
Shirley MA, 1464

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (978) 425-4341

Map and Directions

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Use this address if you are visiting a prisoner. You should also read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections further down on this page before you go to visit someone in prison at MCI – Shirley.

MCI – Shirley
PO Box 1218 
Shirley MA, 1464


Directions to MCI – Shirley

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Phone Number

Inmates don’t have telephones, so you can’t call prisoners, however, there are cases when it might be useful to know the phone number to MCI – Shirley.
(978) 425-4341

MCI – Shirley inmates may be able to make phone calls with:

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

Fax Number

MCI – Shirley prisoners don’t have access to fax machines, so you can’t send a fax to the inmate, but there are some times when it is necessary to know the fax number to MCI – Shirley.

Email Address

This email address is the general email for the facility. You cannot email individuals using this address. If you are going to email a prisoner, check out the Inmate Email section further down on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
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Inmate Email

To send an email message to a prisoner you must follow an exact process to ensure that the letter is received by the prisoner.

Inmate Internet Access

State prisoners are not allowed to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain protocols that are necessary to follow when sending mail to a prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then letter or package might not get delivered.

before you send a letter or package, make sure to read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

MCI – Shirley staff do open and inspect and read all received general mail. Incoming general mail is able to be read as frequently as is deemed necessary to ensure security and safety or watch problems having to do with any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the format for how you must address a letter to a state prisoner at MCI – Shirley:

MCI – Shirley
PO Box 1218 
Shirley MA, 1464

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Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was created to provide prisoners a bank account for prisoner money and for buying things not issued regularly by the correctional facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can add money to these accounts with the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends can choose to send prisoners money in postal mail and will have to send those funds to the address below and do so in accordance with the directions given below:

The funds must be 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 postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day holding period, in which the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will send back any funds that don’t have appropriate inmate info if the envelope you sent it in has a return address. Cash and personal checks cannot be accepted for deposit so do not send cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

Inmates are frequently moved to various correctional facilities throughout Massachusetts, so you may have to look up the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click the link below to find an Massachusetts prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Massachusetts state prisons: Massachusetts State Prisons

Massachusetts Department of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at MCI – Shirley, you must know this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Prison Visitation Guide

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each Massachusetts state prison has their own procedures for visitation and these rules get changed regularly. The procedures discussed here could be out of date now, so make sure to also go to MCI – Shirley’s official website to find the most recent visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation guard will make sure every visitor signs the prison visitors log when entering the correctional facility and upon departure.

Identification Required

Photo id of visitors is required. The best forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state picture I.D. is acceptable.

For all of the things shown below, go to the main MCI – Shirley website because this information is updated 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

Section about MCI – Shirley records to be added later.

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

Information about MCI – Shirley death row coming soon.

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


Information about Massachusetts parole coming soon.

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.


Info about getting released from MCI – Shirley will be posted ASAP.

Inmate Programs

MCI – Shirley Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Info about life at MCI – Shirley 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.


A news section coming.


A photo section to be added later.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at MCI – Shirley
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at MCI – Shirley.

If you have any photos of MCI – Shirley that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a prison job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in your previous job?

If so, go to: MCI – Shirley Jobs

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The official website: MCI – Shirley 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:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims have 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

Section about MCI – Shirley inmate family resources to be added later.


A MCI – Shirley history section coming soon.

Such as:

  • Famous MCI – Shirley 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

MCI – Shirley Links

The official website: MCI – Shirley Website
MCI – Shirley Jobs
Directions to MCI – Shirley
MCI – Shirley Programs
Inmate Visitation Procedures

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 MCI – Shirley

Have you ever been an inmate at MCI – Shirley? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at MCI – Shirley?

If you have, then please write your review about it. Write about your experience so that other people can learn what to expect.

What to include in your review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Staff and guards
  • Prison food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gang activity
  • Programs and activities

If you are currently an inmate at MCI – Shirley, include your mailing address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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