Lend Your Organization's Support to Legislation to Restore Free Visiting Buses and to Support the Proximity Pilot Bill
Inviting Organizations, Agencies, Coalitions, Churches, and Groups to Sign-On. If you are an individual who would like to show your support, please visit www.wegotusnow.org to sign the We Got Us Now Visiting Petition.
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STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF FUNDING TO RESTORE THE PRISON VISITING BUSES
“Dear Governor, Speaker Heastie, and Senate Leader Stewart-Cousins, We ask that you support the inclusion of funding in the FY 2021 State budget for the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to reinstate the Family Visiting Bus Program (“Visiting Bus”).

This program provided transportation to New York State prisons at no cost to families from 1973-2011 when it was suddenly eliminated. Legislative bills A5942/S731A would reinstate this critical means of transportation making visits an accessible reality for the hundreds of thousands of children and families from Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, New York City, Buffalo, and the surrounding areas to visit a loved one incarcerated in a New York State prison. Funding this invaluable program would be a smart investment that promotes successful reentry, lower recidivism rates and children’s well-being, all positive outcomes that will result in long-term cost savings.

Read the full statement here: http://bit.ly/Visiting19

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE PROXIMITY BILL
We ask that you support Proximity bill S724A/A671 (Senator Montgomery/Assemblymember De La Rosa) that would require the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to place incarcerated parents in facilities close to their children. For most children, visiting reduces trauma and supports their well-being and is also associated with benefits for corrections, incarcerated individuals, and public safety.

An estimated 80,000 children have parents in New York state prisons. Most of these children want and need contact with their parents during the period of incarceration. Yet distance is the most frequently stated barrier to visiting among children, caregivers and child welfare staff.

Read the full statement here: http://bit.ly/Proximity19
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