SOURCE: Get On The Bus

Get On The Bus

April 27, 2009 09:06 ET

Hundreds of Children Ready to Visit Moms in Prison

Get On The Bus and CDCR Partner to Bring 10th Annual Mother's Day Event

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) -

WHO:            More than 700 children and their incarcerated mothers,
                prison staff, dozens of volunteers and community

WHAT:           Tenth annual "Get On The Bus" program

WHEN:           Friday, May 8, 2009
                8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Buses arrive at the institutions
                10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Children and Moms visit
                1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Buses depart

WHERE:          California Institution for Women (CIW), Corona
                Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW), Chowchilla
                Central California Women's Facility (CCWF), Chowchilla

BACKGROUND: The Get On The Bus program was founded to unite children with their mothers and fathers in prison. Since its inception, the program has provided hundreds of children a chance to see, touch and talk to their parent in prison. Local community volunteers from all major cities throughout California sponsor buses. This year on the Friday before Mother's Day, 32 buses filled with children and their caregivers will travel from Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Ventura, Stockton, Sacramento and the Bay Area to visit three female institutions.

Note to Media: If you wish to visit a prison, background information is required for security clearance. Blue jeans and blue chambray shirts are not permitted to be worn on facility grounds. Contact the prison you wish to visit.

Institutional Contacts:  CIW:   Bob Patterson, (909) 606-4921
                         VSPW:  Bryan McCraw, (559) 665-6100, ext. 5509
                         CCWF:  Bart Fortner, (559) 665-5531, ext. 6002

If you wish to see the children leave for the prisons early Friday morning, contact Get On The Bus Director Maria Palmer at (818) 980-7714 ext. 12. All media background information must be received by Monday, May 4, 2009.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Michele Kane
    (916) 445-4950

    Maria Palmer
    (818) 980-7714