Help Protect In-Person Visiting in NYS
Visiting is a lifeline, but limited visiting hours make it difficult to visit. Jails across the country are enticed by predatory video conferencing companies to reduce or eliminate in-person visiting hours to make money off of families who need to be connected. Passing the Protect In-Person Visiting bill (S3318) would require correctional facilities to offer evening or weekend visiting hours and protect in-person visiting hours from being replaced with video. SEE and SUPPORT children of incarcerated parents and take steps to call for the passage of this bill.
CALL TO ACTION
Please call, email, and Tweet your New York State Senator and Assemblymember to urge them to pass S3318 this session.
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Sample phone/email script:
Subject: Pass Protect In-Person Visits bill S3318 TODAY
Dear _____________ ,
Visiting is a lifeline for families with incarcerated loved ones, but limited visiting hours at some jails make it difficult to visit and I am alarmed that jails across the country are replacing in-person visits with video conferencing. The Protect In-Person Visiting bill (S3318) would require correctional facilities to offer evening or weekend visiting hours and protect in-person visits in State and local correctional facilities from being replaced with video conferencing.
The Senate passed this bill the past three years and it is critical that both houses pass and send this bill to Governor Hochul this session. Please let leadership know you will vote yes to protect in-person visits by co-sponsoring bill S3318 today. Families are counting on you to support their relationships.
Visits are a lifeline, but limited visit hours at some jails make visiting difficult. @AndreaSCousins @CarlHeastie pass the Protect In-Person Visits bill S3318 to require evening or weekend visit hours & #ProtectVisits from being replaced with video. #LoveLivesInPerson