Plymouth County Correctional Facility is a maximum-security prison located in Plymouth, Massachusetts Operated by the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department. The prison is the largest prison in Plymouth, and is much larger than the Massachusetts Correctional Institution - Plymouth, located in the Myles Standish State Forest. The prison is known for housing several celebrity inmates, most notably Survivor winner Richard Hatch, shoe-bomber Richard Reid, former President of Liberia Charles Taylor, reputed Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, as well as multiple murderer Gary Sampson, and former New England crime boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme.
Juveniles charged with murder and juveniles with adult sentences are held within a Massachusetts Department of Youth Services-operated facility inside the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.
The primary mission of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department is dedication to strengthening public safety through corrections and specialized support services for all criminal justice agencies. The Department maintains a secure facility for offenders being held or sentenced for crimes as well as preparing them for reintegration back into society.
The Plymouth County Correctional Facility provides a safe, humane and orderly correctional environment which encourages inmates to seek opportunities to strengthen their character. Inmates are presented with activities to aid them in developing a work ethic, religion, education and understanding the consequences of their own choices.
The Sheriff is committed to operating an accredited correctional facility which meets:
Nationally recognized standards for local houses of correction, jails & detention facilities
State and local standards
Serves the interests of taxpayers
It is the philosophy of the Sheriff's Department to hold the offender at the lowest possible levels of security, consistent with public safety, with an appropriate range of services that recognize the individual needs of offenders.
Another part of the Department mission is to protect society from criminal offenders while at the same time providing a professional and rewarding environment for staff.