Massachusetts' prison population is at a 35-year low because "at-risk individuals [have been given] pathways to positive life choices, creating new re-entry services, and empowering returning citizens to rebuild their lives in meaningful ways," says Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy. There are only 6,000 people incarcerated in prisons. And one of oldest prisonsis about to close for good. The MCI-Cedar Junction facility, which opened in 1956, operates at 68% capacity. It houses about 525 men, but needs$30 million in repairs in order to continue operation.

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