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Middlesex Jail Closes After 32 Years

More than 200 pretrial detainees relocated to Billerica.

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian stands outside the Edward J. Sullivan  Courthouse in Cambridge as the last pretrial detainees held in the building’s jail were relocated on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Courtesy
Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian stands outside the Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in Cambridge as the last pretrial detainees held in the building’s jail were relocated on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Courtesy

It’s official: The Middlesex Jail at the Sullivan Courthouse in Cambridge closed on June 28, according to Middlesex County Sheriff, Peter Koutoujian.

The staff at the sheriff’s office completed the two-day process of moving 220 pretrial detainees from Cambridge to Billerica.

In a statement, Koutoujian said he and others had a lot of fond memories of working at the courthouse including meeting his wife, an interpreter, there for the first time. He added that he knew when he became sheriff, and stepped back in the building for the first time in many years, that “it was no longer a suitable facility in which to house a jail.” The department has been working with the state to during the relocation process and to find a better facility in the future.

“I want to thank all our highly professional corrections officers and staff who worked diligently to ensure this transition was executed successfully and without incident,” he said.

The facility, constructed in 1971, is located on Thorndike Street, above the former Cambridge Superior Courthouse. It’s one of the only high-rise, maximum-security lockups in the United States.

A lawsuit by the ACLU was filed in 2013 to address “unconstitutional overcrowding” and a judge ordered no more than 230 detainees to be housed at the prison at any given time, according to press reports.

Koutoujian said he hoped to have a new jail in the southern part of the county where 12 of the county’s 14 courts are now located. Other offices involved in the court system like the district attorney’s office and sheriff’s office are scattered around the county. 

C.E. Jones June 29, 2014 at 04:35 PM
Hmmm how about relocating it up in Woburn by the superfund site???
Wind Dummy 25 June 29, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Or Charles St
JohnnyMass June 30, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Just execute them all. No loss to mankind.
C.E. Jones June 30, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Or Fowle Street.... They will be right at home!
stevieB June 30, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Put it in a liberal city. .they seem to love these degenerates. .let them live next to them..brookline. .newton..Lexington. ..nice place for them

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