Visting is a Lifeline Press Conference and Rally

17 December 2019

Join us on Thursday December 19th, at 3:45 pm at the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall for the Visiting is a Lifeline Rally.

Young people, families, advocates, and legislators will gather to call for an end to practices that harm children and families separated by incarceration. Show your support for bills that would place incarcerated parents in prisons closest to their children, restore the Family Visiting Buses, and protect the right to in-person visiting at New York's prisons and jails.

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Meet on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street) at 3:45pm.

Elected officials present will include: State Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblymember Tremaine Wright, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Hudson Mayor-elect Kamal Johnson Children and Family members of incarcerated people such as Whitney Hollins, Amanda Lugo, Steven Montoya, and the Osborne Association’s Youth Action Council are slated to attend, as well as formerly incarcerated leaders Martin Garcia and Jose Saldana. 

Ahead of the holiday season, young people, family members of currently incarcerated New Yorkers, formerly incarcerated parents, advocates, community members, and lawmakers will rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall to call for immediate action to support and strengthen in-person visiting in New York State jails and prisons. There are approximately 105,000 children in New York State with a parent in prison or jail. Most of these children deeply miss and want to visit their mothers or fathers, yet especially for children whose parents are in one of NY State’s 52 prisons, distance and location are often barriers, with many prisons being remote and not accessible by public transportation.

Advocates call for quick passage of three bills that are currently before the New York State Assembly and Senate:

  • The Proximity Bill (S724A/A6710) would require the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to place incarcerated parents in the prisons closest to their children that meet security, health, and programming needs;
  • The Codification of In-Person Visiting Bill (S2698/A2483) enshrines in state law that incarcerated people and their children and families have the right to in-person visits, ensuring that video calls cannot replace in-person visits;
  • The Visiting Bus Bill (S731A/A5942) restores the visiting buses that DOCCS provided for nearly 40 years at no cost to visitors to each of NY State’s prisons. This bill would provide for transportation leaving from the cities of New York, Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo and Albany to all NY’s prisons.