#ProtectVisits 
Social Media Guide

Join us in urging the NY State Legislature to Protect In-Person Visiting in state prisons and local jails. 

Take the following steps today AND every Thursday through June 10

1. Post on Social Media

2. Contact Assembly Speaker Heastie

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SAMPLE TWEETS

Victory!  NYS Senate passes the bill and sends it to the Assembly.  Join us in calling on the NYS Assembly to pass this bill by June 10.

  • .@CarlHeastie please support families by passing Protect In-Person Visiting Bill A4250A. The Senate has already done so! Jails across the country are replacing visits with costly video conferencing & families are counting on you to #ProtectVisits in NY. #LoveLivesInPerson

  • Visits are a lifeline for families, but jails across the country are replacing visits with video. [Tag your Assemblymember] families are counting on you to co-sponsor the Protect In-Person Visiting Bill A4250A to #ProtectVisits in NY before it’s too late. 

 

Tag people and organizations in your network and invite them to #ProtectVisits using this Tweet:

  • Join me in calling on NYS to Protect-In Person Visiting in jails and state prisons. Please call your Assemblymember today and ask them to cosponsor A4250A. Look up your representatives here: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator

 

SAMPLE EMAIL & PHONE SCRIPTS

  • Contact Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

        518-455-3791, Speaker@nyassembly.gov

Subject: Vote on A4250A to Protect Visiting in NYS prisons and jails

Hi, my name is ________ and I urge Speaker Heastie to schedule A4250A, the Protect In-Person Visiting bill for a full vote this session. I am fearful that jails and prisons in New York will reduce or eliminate visiting in favor of costly video conferencing because this is happening in other States. Children and families are counting on you to ensure this does not happen in New York. The Senate passed this bill in 2019 and again this year. Please vote to protect in-person visits now.

  • Contact Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins  

        518-455-2585,  scousins@nysenate.gov

Subject: Vote on S2841A to Protect Visiting at NYS prisons and jails

Hi, my name is ________ and I urge Senate Leader Stewart-Cousins to schedule S2841A, the Protect In-Person Visiting bill for a full vote. The Senate passed this bill in 2019 and must do so again now. I am fearful that jails and prisons in New York will reduce or eliminate visiting in favor of costly video conferencing because this is happening in other States. Children and families are counting on you to ensure this does not happen in New York. Please vote to protect in-person visits now. 

Subject: Vote on A4250A to Protect Visiting at NYS prisons and jails

Hi, my name is ________ and I urge Assemblymember Weinstein to place A4250A, the Protect In-Person Visiting bill on the Ways & Means Committee agenda this session. I am fearful that jails and prisons in New York will reduce or eliminate visiting in favor of video conferencing because this is happening in other States. This bill will not cost the State money as it simply codifies existing visiting practices in State prisons. Counties not already offering weekend or evening visiting hours in their facilities may incur a nominal cost to change their visiting hours initially. Children and families are counting on you to protect in-person visits now.

  • Contact your NY State Senator & AssemblymemberLook up your reps here

Subject: Cosponsor S2841A/A4250A to Protect Visits at NYS prisons and jails

Hi, my name is ________ and I urge you to cosponsor bill S2841A/A4250A, the Protect In-Person Visiting bill.  I am fearful that jails and prisons in New York will reduce or eliminate visiting in favor of costly video conferencing because this is happening in other States. Children and families are counting on you to ensure this does not happen in New York. Please vote to protect in-person visits now. 

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