Persons explicitly authorized to communicate with prisoners at Auburn Prison as part of their regular, operational duties:
- Prison warden and prison physician.
- Prison inspectors. At the Eastern State Penitentiary, prison inspectors visited each prisoners about once per month. ^
- Chaplain. ^
Prisoners guards were authorized to speak with prisoners only in unusual circumstances. The authority of the Prison Association of New York to have members speak with prisoners was a matter of controversy between the Prison Association and the official New York Prison Inspectors.