The Middlesex Jail and House of Correction is an American Correctional Association-accredited correctional facility for adults that is located approximately 45 minutes north of downtown Boston in the town of Billerica in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Under the administration of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department, the facility houses 11,00 adult males who are either awaiting trial, are held without bail or are serving sentences of up to 2.5 years.
The Middlesex Jail and House of Correction facility recently underwent a $45 million expansion to add a 500-bed, state-of-the-art dorm for inmates displaced by the closing of the county’s overcrowded facility in East Cambridge. Inmates sleep, eat and shower in the pod-style dorm, which eliminates the need to transport them to other locations in the facility for meals and recreation. The air-conditioned dorm contains small cells that house two inmates in close confinement and a separate segregation unit for the most violent and mentally ill detainees. Cellmates share an open toilet and sleep in bunk-style metal cots.
The facility offers several alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment programs and encourages inmates to take advantage of vocational opportunities during their confinement. Inmates can receive vocational training in culinary arts or assistance in preparing for high school equivalency exams. Inmates may have visits of up to 45 minutes by friends and relatives who pass security screening and background checks. Visitors must pass through metal detectors and submit to searches before seeing an inmate.