Northeastern Correctional Center

The Northeastern Correctional Center is a minimum-security and pre-release state prison for male inmates that is located in West Concord, Massachusetts. This facility opened in 1932, and it sits on 300 acres of farmland that provides inmates with work opportunities before they are released back into society.

Fife and Drum Restaurant

The Fife and Drum Restaurant–located at Northeastern Correctional Center–is open to the public and is used as a culinary arts program for the inmates housed at the facility. Hours for Fife and Drum Restaurant are Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please park in visitor parking only when visiting Fife and Drum Restaurant. Visitor parking is any of the open parking spots on the right side of the parking lot. Please do not park in any spot with a designated sign. 

Everyone must review and follow the visitor dress code when visiting (which is detailed below). Please note, jeans are not allowed inside the facility. You will need your State Issued ID. Please do not bring your purse, wallets, or CELL PHONES.

The meal price is $3.21. Only bring enough money to pay for your meal.

Once you have parked please follow the walkway and proceed to the Gralton Hall Building on your left, Building #1, go through the double doors and to the left will be the officer's station.  You must check-in with the officer and hand in your ID.

All visitors are reminded that they can’t leave a tip because inmates are not allowed to handle cash. You are also prohibited from divulging any personal information to the inmates.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting Hours - Last names beginning with A-L

Sunday:6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Tuesday:6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday:12:30 pm-3:30 pm

Visiting Hours - Last names beginning with M-Z

Sunday:12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Tuesday:6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday:6:00 pm-9:00 pm

General Visiting Rules

All visitors are responsible for being familiar with the Visiting Rules and Regulations, and must conduct themselves accordingly while visiting at the Northeastern Correctional Center. To see a complete list of the rules, click here.

All visitors are expected to leave personal effects securely locked in their vehicles or in the lockers provided at the Main Entrance. The lockers at the Main Entrance require 75 cents to operate and are provided as a convenience. The Institution is not responsible for any articles left within. Once processed visitors are not allowed to return to the locker until the visit is over.

Cameras, radios, pagers, cellular phones, electronic devices and other types of video/audio equipment are not permitted.

All money orders/checks for inmates must be deposited into the Visiting Room Lobby Money box for deposit into the inmate’s account. Cash is not accepted for inmate accounts. Passing money directly to any inmate is not allowed, and may result in termination of visit and/or loss of visiting privileges. 

Visitors are allowed to declare up to $20.00 per person, per visit for the purpose of purchasing debit cards to be used in the institution vending machines. Debit cards must be purchased prior to entering the Visiting Room. Once visitors enter the Visiting Room they are not allowed to leave to purchase another card. 

No cash is to be brought into the Visiting Room. A one-dollar bill is required to purchase an initial Debit Card. Debit cards will only allow a maximum amount of $40.00 on the card. There is a 50-cent fee for the purchase of a debit card.

Dress Code

  • Undergarments must be worn. 
  • Clothing shall not be ripped, torn, have holes, or missing buttons. 
  • Visitors are expected to dress in accordance with standards of decency acceptable in a public place. 
  • Headwear is allowed only if pre-approved for religious purposes. 
  • No jewelry is to be worn except a traditional wedding ring and/or one religious medal on a chain will be allowed and a medical alert bracelet (if applicable).
  • No watches or wallets allowed. 
  • Sweaters may be worn. 
  • Hairpieces (i.e., toupees, wigs, extensions, weaves) may be worn but must be searched. It shall be the responsibility of the visitor to inform the officer that they are wearing a hairpiece during the search processing. 
  • Garments with elastic waists may be worn. 
  • Jackets or blazers may be worn as part of a suit or outfit by students participating in a clinical/internship program. 

The following items are NOT ALLOWED: 

  • Boots worn above the knee (exception–boots below the knee are permitted October 15–April 15)
  • Work boots
  • Bare feet
  • Bathing suits, shorts, any clothing with excessive pockets, metal, drawstrings, excessively baggy or tight clothing, hooded clothing, sheer, excessively revealing or transparent clothing, bodysuits of any type, or wrap around shirts. (Children age 8 and younger may wear shorts)
  • With the exception of undergarments, spandex, or spandex type clothing is not allowed
  • Any clothing that displays a gang affiliation or is in any way attributable to gang culture; additionally, clothing that is obscene, racist, or displays sexual content
  • Any clothing similar to that issued to an inmate or uniformed personnel, to include nursing scrubs, police, postal, and utility (Class A active military uniforms are allowed)
  • Fatigue or camouflage clothing
  • Double-layered clothing on the bottom half of the person (e.g. two pairs of pants, or skirts and slacks)
  • Bibbed clothing of any type: shorts, dresses, pants, overalls, jumpers etc. (allowable for age 8 and younger)
  • Hair accessories that cannot be easily removed to be searched
  • Bobby pins, barrettes, and ribbons
  • Umbrellas, jackets, coats, vests, or outerwear of any type
  • Male visitors may not wear any type of blue or black jeans
  • Earrings, facial/body jewelry, necklaces, bracelets, and watches are not allowed. The only exception regarding jewelry is a traditional engagement ring/wedding band, religious medallion and medical alert jewelry
  • Dresses, skirts, and skirt slits shall not exceed three inches above the knee when standing. No wrap-around style skirts are allowed unless worn for religious reasons
  • Tank tops, halter tops, muscle shirts, or clothing that reveals the midriff or excessively exposes the back. Tube tops of any type are not allowed. Sleeveless clothing is not allowed unless covered by an article of clothing, such as a sweater, that shall not be removed
  • Sweatshirts, sweatpants, wind pants, and exercise clothing (allowable for age 8 and younger)
  • Clothing with zippers that go the full length of the garment with the exception of outerwear (allowable for age 8 and younger)
  • T-shirts with offensive logos
  • Leg warmers
  • Hats and head coverings of any type, unless worn for religious or medical reasons; however, they must be searched prior to entering the institution
  • No electronic communication devices (e.g., cell phones, electronic devices) or those capable of storing information are allowed.
  • No wearing or possession of any type of glitter make-up materials to include ChapStick or lip balms, facial make-up, nail polish, eye shadow etc.

Physical Address

Northeastern Correctional Center
976 Barretts Mill Road
West Concord, MA 01742

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

​(978) 371-7941

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Northeastern Correctional Center
PO Box 1069
West Concord, MA 01742

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Northeastern Correctional Center, but they do have access to phones and are allowed to make monitored outgoing calls during approved hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Massachusetts, please click here.

How to Send Money

Access Corrections and Secure Deposits is the preferred method for those who wish to send money to inmates at Northeastern Correctional Center. 

Online: Sign up at Access Corrections online or download their Android or iOS app for your cell phone. Secure Deposits is the fastest, most convenient way to deposit funds into your loved one’s account with your Visa or MasterCard.

Phone: Call Access Corrections toll-free at 1-866-345-1884. Bilingual representatives are available 24/7.

In Person: There are two ways you may add money to an inmate’s account in person.

You may drop a check or money order off at the prison. Drop your check or money order into the box labelled "Inmate Funds" in the lobby. It should be made out to the inmate with the inmate's commitment number included.  Please note that all money orders over $200 and all personal checks are put on seven business day hold. 

Or you may visit Cash Pay Today online to enroll and find drop-off locations to make cash-only deposits near you. For more information call 1-844-340-CASH (2274).

Programs For Inmates

NEADS Prison PUP Program

NEADS is a non‐profit service dog organization established to provide hearing, service and assistance dogs for veterans, adults and children. This is a 12–18 month program utilizing inmate handlers to teach the dogs basic obedience and other skills needed to prepare them for future “careers” as service dogs. 

Following their training with the inmates, the dogs will then learn more advanced service dog skills at the NEADS’ National Assistance Dog Training Campus in Princeton, MA. DOC inmates are able to provide steady training at high levels, under the guidance of NEADS staff.

Work Release

Pre-Release inmates may be able to take part in the Work Release Program. This program:

  • Matches an inmate's skills with job opportunities in the community
  • Allows inmates to earn at least minimum wage
  • Gives an inmate work experience to make the employment process easier after release

To participate, an inmate must meet eligibility and be within 18 months of release or parole eligibility.

Departmental Services and Programs

  • Criminal Thinking 
  • General Population Maintenance Program 
  • Graduate Maintenance Program–Substance Abuse 
  • Graduate Maintenance Peer Facilitator Program–Substance Abuse 
  • Medication Assisted Treatment Reentry Initiative 
  • Recreation Services 
  • Religious Services  
  • Violence Reduction 
  • Volunteer Services 

Fife and Drum Restaurant

The Fife and Drum Restaurant–located at Northeastern Correctional Center–is open to the public and is used as a culinary arts program for the inmates housed at the facility.

Vocational Education Programs

  • Culinary Arts Foundations I
  • Culinary Arts Foundations II
  • OSHA
  • ServSafe
  • Small Engine Repair

Institutional Programs

  • AA Re Entry Fellowship Program
  • Alternatives to Violence
  • Art Program
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Beacon Program - Behavior, Emotions, and Changing Oneself
  • Career Pathway Workshop
  • Concord Public LIbrary Program
  • Doing the Right Thing
  • Entrepreneurship - CPO
  • Family Day Program
  • Family Social Unit
  • Fatherheart Program
  • Garden/Greenhouse Program
  • Getting Beyond the Wall Workshop
  • GiftED
  • Guitar Program
  • Health Awareness (HIV/AIDS Education)
  • Job Search
  • Learning To Foolproof  Your Life
  • Massachusetts Community Outreach Initiative
  • Money Management and Career Strategy
  • Music Theory Program
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • National Education for Assistant Dog Services - Puppy  Program
  • Path of Freedom
  • Read To Me Daddy
  • Restorative Justice
  • Reading Group
  • Reverence Program
  • Self/Help Twelve Step Programs
  • Spiritual Rehabilitation Program
  • Stepping Up: Call to Courageous Manhood
  • Toastmasters
  • Transforming Anger with Non-Violent Communication 
  • Writing Skills

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Careers at Northeastern Correctional Center

If you are interested in a career with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections at the Northeastern Correctional Center, you can find job listings by clicking here