NCCI/Gardner – Massachusetts

Looking for someone at NCCI/Gardner?  NCCI/Gardner is a state correctional facility in the Massachusetts state prison system.  This guide gives you about anything one might want to know about NCCI/Gardner,such as:  How to locate an inmate.  Visiting an inmate at this prison  The prisons’s phone number and address.  How to send mail and money to an inmate.  And more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: NCCI/Gardner
Year Opened: 1902
State: Massachusetts
County: Worcester County,
DOC: Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Security Level: Medium/Minimum)
Warden Name: Thomas Dickhaut,

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Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for NCCI/Gardner. Use the mailing address if you are sending a letter or package to an inmate at NCCI/Gardner, and use the street address if you want to know the actual location of NCCI/Gardner.

Mailing Address

You should also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information on this page before you mail something to a prisoner to make sure that you properly address the item, and do the right protocol for sending a letter or package. If you don’t use the appropriate steps, it might not get to the inmate.

500 Colony Road 
Gardner MA, 1440

Street Address / Prison Location


500 Colony Road PO Box 466
Gardner MA, 1440

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (978) 630-6000

Map and Directions

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Use this address if you plan to visit an inmate. Be sure to check the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule headings further down on this page before you go to visit an inmate at NCCI/Gardner.

500 Colony Road PO Box 466
Gardner MA, 1440


Directions to NCCI/Gardner

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Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call an inmate, but, there are cases when it may be helpful to know the phone number to NCCI/Gardner.
(978) 630-6000

NCCI/Gardner inmates may be able to make calls using various methods:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

NCCI/Gardner prisoners don’t have faxes, so you won’t get to fax a letter to prisoners, but there are times when it is useful to know the fax number to NCCI/Gardner.

Email Address

The email address below is the main email for NCCI/Gardner. You can’t reach individuals at this email address. If you want to send an email to an inmate, read the Inmate Email information on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
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Inmate Email

To send email to a prisoner at NCCI/Gardner you must follow an specific process to make sure that the email message gets to the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates are not allowed to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain steps that you must follow when sending postal mail to a prisoner. If you do not then letter or package might not be received.

Before you proceed, read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

NCCI/Gardner staff do open and read and inspect all incoming general correspondence. Incoming general packages and mail can be read as frequently as is necessary to maintain security and safety or monitor a problem confronting inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the correct format for how you have to address a letter or package to a state prisoner at NCCI/Gardner:

500 Colony Road 
Gardner MA, 1440

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Inmate Money

Each prison has a Commissary that serves to provide inmates a bank-like account for inmate monies and for buying things not issued regularly by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources may deposit funds to these Commissary accounts using the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send inmates money through postal mail and will have to send it to this address and follow the steps provided below:

The money must be in the form of a money order made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day hold period, in which the inmate will not have access to the deposit. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that do not have appropriate prisoner information if the envelope it was sent it has a return address. Cash and checks can’t be accepted for deposit so don’t send any checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are from time to time moved to various correctional facilities throughout Massachusetts, so sometimes you may have to find where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click on the link below to find a state prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other Massachusetts state prisons: Massachusetts State Prisons

Massachusetts Department of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at NCCI/Gardner, you must be aware of this information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

NCCI/Gardner Inmate Visitation Policy

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every prison has their own procedures for inmate visitation and these policies get changed frequently. The procedures listed here might be changed now, so make sure to also go to NCCI/Gardner’s website to read the latest visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer will ensure every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when entering the correctional facility and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Photo ID of all visitors is required. Appropriate forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; however, a state issued photo ID is OK.

For everything listed below, read the actual NCCI/Gardner site as this information is updated all the time:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

More information about NCCI/Gardner prison records will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Details about NCCI/Gardner death row coming soon.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about Massachusetts parole will be posted ASAP.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


More information about getting released from NCCI/Gardner to be added later.

Inmate Programs

NCCI/Gardner Programs

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Prison Life

More information about what life is like at NCCI/Gardner coming soon.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A news section will be posted ASAP.


A NCCI/Gardner photo section to be added later.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at NCCI/Gardner
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at NCCI/Gardner.

If you have any photos of NCCI/Gardner that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a job at a prison? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a prison in your previous job?

If so, check out: NCCI/Gardner Jobs

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The official website: NCCI/Gardner Website

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to tell about all about it

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Family Resources

Information about family resources coming.


A history section to be added later.

Such as:

  • Famous NCCI/Gardner inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Massachusetts State Prisons: Massachusetts State Prisons

NCCI/Gardner Links

The official website: NCCI/Gardner Website
NCCI/Gardner Jobs
Directions to NCCI/Gardner
NCCI/Gardner Programs
Inmate Visitation Instructions

Massachusetts Department of Corrections Links

Massachusetts Department of Corrections Main Website
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Prison Directory
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Prison Map
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Prison Jobs
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Prison Inmate Search
Massachusetts Department of Corrections Most Wanted

Massachusetts Department of Corrections Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Massachusetts State Prison Inmate

Sending Mail to Massachusetts State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Massachusetts State Prison Inmates
Massachusetts State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of NCCI/Gardner

Have you ever been an inmate at NCCI/Gardner? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this correctional facility?

If so, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your prison experience so other people can learn what to expect.

What to include in the review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Facility and layout
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Prisoner activities and programs

If you are a prisoner at this facility, post your mailing address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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