Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Concord

Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Concord

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The Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Concord (MCI-Concord) is a medium security prison for men located in Concord, Massachusetts in the United States. Opened in 1878, it is the oldest running state prison for men in Massachusetts. This prison is under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

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MCI Concord is a level 4, medium level security prison. The prison is located in Concord, Massachusetts on state Route 2. A Massachusetts State Police barracks (Troop A-3) and the Northeastern Correctional Center (Minimum Security) are located across the highway from the prison. The prison houses over 1,200 medium, maximum, and protective custody inmates. This prison was visited in 1988 by Mother Theresa on her trip touring all MA prisons and also by Cardinal Sean O' Malley in 2008.

History

MCI Concord opened in May 1878 as the New State Prison at Concord with Mexican War veteran General Chamberlain as its warden. The State Reformatory at Concord was established in 1884 as a facility where prisoners under 30 years of age could learn a trade to be used on their return to society. In 1893, additional construction added 230 cells to the existing facility. In 1955, the Concord Reformatory was abolished and the prison was renamed to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Concord. MCI-Concord served as the department's Reception and Diagnostic Center for all new...
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