Take Action to Support Children of Incarcerated Parents
Youth Action Council Calls on New York State to pass bills that would make visiting more accessible.
Educator Action Steps
If you work in a school or afterschool setting, we invite you to do the following:
Attend the free, virtual Youth Listening Session for Educators on October 19 and 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm EST
Spread the word. Share this letter about SUSU with colleagues
Join the SUSU Network to receive tips and more during October
#WordsMatter: Commit to Using Humanizing Language
Think of how a child feels when their parent is called an “inmate” or “criminal.” To children, they are moms and dads, first and forever.
Take these steps today:
Under the FAMILIES Act, federal judges would be able to divert parents and caregivers from
incarceration into a comprehensive program that would better serve them, their families, and
society by offering resources, services, and training to meet their unique needs. Learn more.
Protect In-Person Visiting in New York State
NYCIP calls on New York to pass Bill S2841A/A4250A to require state prisons and county jails to offer in-person visits, ensuring in-person visiting hours will not be reduced or replaced with video conferencing. Learn how to #ProtectVisits at NY's State prisons and jails here.
VICTORY! Proximity Signed Into Law in New York State
The Proximity law requires New York State DOCCS to place incarcerated parents at facilities of their designated security level which meet their programming needs that are closest to their minor children. We encourage families to let their incarcerated loved ones know about this law so that the incarcerated parent can ask the facility how to apply for a transfer. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org