MASS DC - North Central Correctional Institution (NCCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 19, 2024
500 Colony Rd, Gardner, MA 01440
Mailing Address
PO Box 466, Gardner, MA 01440

NCCI is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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You can support your loved ones at NCCI on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 978-630-6000.

Located at 500 Colony Rd in Gardner, MA, NCCI carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. NCCI offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on MASS DC - North Central Correctional Institution (NCCI) so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

NCCI is a medium/minimum-security state prison located on twenty acres of hillside near the Gardner/Westminster town line, primarily housing adult male inmates. It comprises eighteen buildings and features a perimeter secured by two chain-linked fences topped with razor wire, manned by three towers and foot patrols of K9 teams.

Over the past decade, NCCI has undergone extensive reconstruction and renovation, significantly expanding its inmate capacity. Renovation efforts included the refurbishment of the school building and Thompson Hall East Wing in 1982, followed by perimeter expansion and conversion of additional buildings into inmate housing in subsequent years. Modular unit completion and expansions further increased the facility's capacity. Recently, new construction projects, including a kitchen and gymnasium, along with renovated buildings, have accommodated over 1,000 inmates.

NCCI was the first MA DOC facility to implement a program in collaboration with NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services). The initiative, initiated in 1998, involves inmates raising and training service dogs, enhancing their opportunities for positive behavioral change and community reintegration. The program's success led to its expansion to other facilities, aligning with the department's vision of rehabilitation and community collaboration.

The Locust Building, originally used for housing Gardner State Hospital staff, underwent extensive renovation to become a thirty-bed minimum unit at NCCI. Renovation efforts, starting in 1990, faced challenges such as lead discovery, halting progress until modular housing considerations and de-leading efforts resumed. Dedicated to Timothy T. Beauregard, a valued staff member, the unit engages inmates in maintenance crews within and outside the facility, providing valuable services to local communities.

In partnership with NEADS, the minimum unit at NCCI began its pioneering Prison Pup program in 1998. Inmates, under staff and NEADS trainers' guidance, raise and train service dogs, teaching them essential skills for their future roles. The program has contributed to expediting the dogs' training process and reducing service dog waiting lists, aligning with NEADS' mission to provide assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities.

Overall, NCCI's commitment to rehabilitation, community engagement, and innovative programming, such as the Prison Pup initiative, reflects its dedication to positive change and collaboration in fostering inmates' successful reintegration into society.

Inmate Locator

NCCI maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

Hours for North Central Correctional Institution

For holiday visiting schedules and to verify normal visiting schedules, which are subject to change, please call the facility to verify at the phone number at the top of the page.

Visiting Hours - Open

1:00 pm-4:00 pm, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Visiting Hours - Last name beginning with A - L

5:00 pm-8:00 pm

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Visiting Hours - Last name beginning with M - Z

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Please use the information in this guide as you visit an inmate in a Massachusetts Department of Corrections prison.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.