The visiting hours at Gardner State Prison have been cut to only Friday and half-time on Saturday and Sunday. This creates a hardship for many people because of their work schedules and/or the long travel distances to get to the prison.
Please join us in objecting to the policy by signing this petition:
Please join our protest by calling your elected representative to the Governor’s Council to demand additional days of visiting hours. Find your rep here.
Other medium-security prisons in Massachusetts have 29 to 39 hours available to visit, Gardner has just 14 hours a week on three days since March 27. Families are very upset because many people who work weekends can now visit on Friday evening.
Because only two adults are allowed to visit at a time, many families will not be able to spread out visits with the new limitations. Other problems include limited visitor parking, a small waiting area that only holds at most 30 people, and an equally small visiting room. Such over-crowding may cause some people to be turned away and unable to visit.
The families of the incarcerated men believe this limited visitation schedule alienates the families and harms children who need to see their father more than once a week. Severely limiting visiting hours does not promote the re-unification of families, and has caused great upset among the men who are incarcerated at Gardner.
Curtailing visitation is not in the spirit of justice and corrections systems reform. Many studies of incarceration and re-entry show evidence that maintaining strong family connections during incarceration leads to lower rates of recidivism and more positive dynamics within a correctional institution. THANK YOU for signing the petition and calling your governor’s council representative.
Visiting schedule for Gardner State Prison
Friday 1-8:30 pm [Open two periods]
Saturday 9 am to noon Last names beginning with A-L
12-3:30 PM Last names beginning with M-Z
Sunday 9 am to noon M-Z
12-3:30 pm A-L
Monday-Thursday No visiting hours for general population.