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Family Transportation to Prisons

Maintaining contact with inmates is important for morale and reentry. The links below direct you to transportation programs that take children and families to visit their loved ones in prison.
 
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Ride programs:  Some are free, some are reduced cost

California

Get on the Bus    An annual event, “Get on the Bus” offers free transportation for the children and their caregivers to the prison, provides travel bags for the children, comfort bags for the caregivers, a photo of each child with his or her parent, and meals for the day (breakfast, snacks on the bus, a special lunch at the prison with their parent and dinner on the way home), all at no cost to the children’s family. On the bus trip home, following a four hour visit, each child receives a teddy bear with a letter from their parent and post-event counseling.

http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Visitors/Get_On_The_Bus.html

Los Angeles area:  California Prison Visitor Transit   Pick up at Union Station
1443 E. Washington Blvd. Suite 265   Pasadena, CA 91104
ph: 213.304.5522                 info@caprisonvisitortransit.com           http://www.caprisonvisitortransit.com/prices

Friends Outside and Friends and Family Center  
Passenger van transportation between the institution and local public transportation terminals is provided for visitors, who may arrive at a transit station located some distance from the prison.  Friends Outside drivers both pick up and deliver visitors.  Sometimes the ride provides an opportunity for visitors to connect with others experiencing similar situations.
ph: (209) 955-0701                http://www.friendsoutside.org/visitor-center-program.htm

Connecticut

Families in Crisis   Specially trained and licensed drivers provide weekly van transportation services from Connecticut’s urban centers to far away institutions.  Call 860-236-3593 to reserve a ride.

http://www.familiesincrisis.org/content/visitation

Georgia and Kentucky

Forever Family

http://www.foreverfam.net/

Illinois

Clear Choice Transportation   (312) 217-6199  Leaves from Chicago, visits most IL prisons

http://clearchoicetransportation.com/Services.html

Doable Transportation  (708-365-6993)  Serves loved ones from Chicago to most IL prisons

http://doabletransportation.com/about/

Louisiana

Cornerstone Builders  New Orleans

FREE monthly bus service to Louisiana State Penitentiary, Dixon Correctional Inst, Louisiana Correctional Institution for Women, St. Gabriel, Avoyelles Correctional Center, Rayburn Correctional Center

http://www.ccano.org/cornerstone/

Missouri

PATCH Chillicothe, Missouri

http://www.chillicothepatch.org/volunteer.htm

New York

Vizit-Zone – Statewide!

http://www.vizitzone.com/Transportation-Correctional-Facilities-NewYork-NY.html

New York City

Osborne Association to Albion, NY – facilitates children visiting their mothers

http://www.osborneny.org/programs/programs.cfm?refer=programs&programID=13

Children of Promise New York City, NY

http://www.cpnyc.org/our-programs/connection-to-imprisoned-parent/

Pennsylvania

Visitors Connection LLC 
Serves SCI Huntingdon.  Introductory price $30  (as of Dec 3rd, 2016)
Pickup Location:  Philadelphia

Departing from 30th Street Station; near the United States Postal Office at 4 am.

 

Blakeney Transportation (A6411149), P.O. Box 7153, Elkins Park, PA 19027
(267) 574-6161
Serves SCIs CAM, COA, DAL, FRS, FRA, GRN, GRA, HOU, HUN, LAU, MAH, MUN, PNG, RET, ROC, SMI, SMR, WAM
Pickup Location: Broad & Olney; 30th& Market; Broad & Erie
 
Bridging the Gap Transportation (A6415215), P.O .Box 12577, Philadelphia, PA 19151
(215) 439-7120
Serves SCIs– call or e-mail for information
Pickup Location: Door to door
 
Building Bridges LLC (A6414966), Harrisburg, PA
(717) 991-8086
Serves SCIs– see website
Pickup Location: see website
 
Central PA Transport (A6414966), York, PA
(717) 889-1855
Serves SCIs– ALL Pennsylvania state prisons
 
Family Services of Western PA, Pittsburgh PA
(412) 661-1670, Ext. 628
Website: www.fswp.org
Serves SCIs ALB, CBS, BEN, ROC, CAM, COA, MUN, HUN, SMI, HOU, LAU, SMR, DAL, RET, GRN, FYT, FRS, FRA, MAH, GRA
Pickup Location: 5th and Ross
 
Family Coach Bus Connection (non-profit), Philadelphia, PA
(267) 362-9676
Serves SCIs– ALL Pennsylvania state prisons
Pickup Location: 30th & Market
 
Family Ties LLC (A6414268), Upper Darby, PA
(215) 327-0064
Serves SCIs– call or e-mail for information
Pickup Location: Broad & Olney
 
Knox Transportation (A-6417033), Philadelphia, PA
267-816-7033
Serves SCIs CHS, GRA, RET, DAL, COA, MUN, LAU, SMR
Pickup Location: Call
 
Lindsay Transit LLC (A6410127), P.O. Box 252, Glenside, PA 19038
(215) 657-2406
Serves SCIs– see website or call
Pickup Location: Philadelphia (call or visit website for information)
 
Love 1’s Transportation (A-6416425), Norwood, PA 19074
(267) 272-7364
Serves SCIs — ALL Pennsylvania State Prisons
Pickup Location: Broad & Snyder / Elmwood Ave. & Island Ave.
 
Mao & Ed Bus Service (A-6416880), Philadelphia PA
888-228-9115
Serves SCIs GRA, FRA, MAH, CAM, COA, DAL, RET, HUN, SMI, ROC, BEN, HOU, LAU, SMR
Pickup Location: Door to door
 
Network Connect Tours LLC (A6415660), Kunkletown, PA
(484) 788-5888
Serves SCIs– ALL Pennsylvania state prisons
Pickup Location: Monroe, Northampton & Philadelphia
 
PA Prison Society, 245 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 564-4775, ext. 103 or 800-227-2307
Serves SCIs– ALL Pennsylvania state prisons
Pickup Location: 30th & Market
 
Premier Ride/Mondial Motors LLC (A6415050), Lansdowne, PA
(267) 603-3526
Serves SCIs ALB. CBS, CAM, CHS, COA, DAL, FRA, GRA, GRN, HOU, HUN, LAU, MAH, MER, MUN, PNG, PIT, RET, ROC, SMI, SMR, WAY
Pickup Location: 69th St Terminal; 30th and Market; Broad and Hunting Park
 
Ride & Rebuild LLC (A6413343), P.O. Box 28782, Philadelphia PA 19151
(267) 776-4438
Serves SCIs GRA, CAM, DAL, RET, FRA, MAH, COA, ROC, HOU, HUN, SMI, SMR, LAU, BEN
Pickup Location: 69th & Market; 30th & Market; Broad & Hunting Park
 
Tony’s Transit (A6415796), Philadelphia PA
(267) 949-6364
Serves SCIs GRA, FRA, COA, CAM, DAL, RET, MUN, HUN, SMI, ROC, BEN, HOU, LAU, SMR
Pickup Location: Broad & Olney; 30th St Station; Cheltingham & Ogonz
 
Visit Vans LLC (A6413974), 905 Harrison St., Suite 106, Allentown, PA 18103
(484) 550-6388
Serves SCIs– see website
Pickup Location: Allentown, Bethlehem, White Hall, Lehigh Valley
 
Visitors Connection LLC/David Tours (A640698), Philadelphia, PA
(724) 241-8704
E-mail: through website
Serves SCIs SMR, FYT
Pickup Location: Door to door; 30thSt. in Philadelphia
 
Wheeler Transportation LLC (A120552), Philadelphia PA
(215) 221-1888
Website: NA
Serves SCIs COA, MAH, FRA, FRS, GRA, PIT, HUN, SMI, DAL, RET, SMR, HOU, ROC, BEN
Pickup Location: Broad & Erie; 30th& Market
 

Wheels Take You There (A6416237), Philadelphia, PA

(267) 244-4848

Website: www.wheelstakeyouthere.com

E-mail: wheelstakeyouthere@comcast.net

Serves SCIs– CAM, GRA, SMR

Pickup Location: 56th & Chestnut; Broad & Allegheny

Virginia 

Assisting Families of Inmates Virginia (very low cost)

http://www.afoi.org/services/transportation.html

 

NATIONAL:

Families and Corrections Network – Resources

http://nrccfi.camden.rutgers.edu/2014/05/08/a-look-at-prison-visiting-policies-in-all-50-states/