Governor Cuomo plans to reduce visiting hours at New York’s maximum security prisons.

Join Us: Oppose These Cutbacks!

Gov. Cuomo has just proposed to limit visiting at New York State maximum security prisons to three days a week instead of the current seven. If passed, this measure will cause suffering and separation for thousands of imprisoned people and their loved ones. Restricting visits is regressive, counterproductive, and cruel.

Artwork by Innosanto Nagara for and Strong Families network

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Sign the petition:

Call Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390

“Hi, my name is ________, and I live in New York. I’m calling to ask you to oppose the plan to reduce the in-person contact visits in New York prisons. They are vital for maintaining connections with children, spouses, elderly parents or grandparents, and other loved ones and friends. These ties are crucial for loved ones on the outside, as well as for people to successfully navigate their eventual return home after prison. Please vote down the plan to cut in-person contact visits. Thank you.”

Contact these decision-makers to oppose cuts in visiting:

Governor Cuomo
Phone: 518-474-8390

Marta Nelson
Executive Director, Governor’s Council on Community Re-Entry & Reintegration

Alphonso David
Governor’s Office Deputy Secretary & Counsel for Civil Rights

Tony Annucci
Acting Commissioner, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS)

Senator Patrick Gallivan
Chair, Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections

Assembly Member David Weprin
Chair, Assembly Committee on Corrections

Senator Tony Avella
Chair, Senate Committee on Children & Families

Assembly Member Ellen Jaffee
Chair, Assembly on Committee on Children & Families

Are you with an organization?

Join the organizations in demanding that we SAVE VISITING HOURS IN NEW YORK STATE MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISONS. Together, we demand that the Governor cancel his cutbacks and instead expand in-person contact visits! Read the organizational letter here. FMI or to sign-on, email

Alliance of Families for Justice
Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable
Bronx Defenders
Bronx Freedom Fund
Brooklyn Defender Services
Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition
Buffalo Save the Kids
Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated
Center for Alternative Sentencing
and Employment Services (CASES)
Center for Community Alternatives
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
Center for Family Representation
Challenging Incarceration
Child and Family Services of Western New York
Child Center of New York
Children’s Village
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc.
The Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA)
Critical Resistance- New York City
Echoes of Incarceration
Exodus Transitional Community
Faith in New York
The First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn
The Fortune Society
Graham Windham
Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal
Highbridge Community Church
Hour Children
Hudson Link for Higher Education
Jails Action Coalition
Jewish Child Care Association
Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS
Lawyers For Children
Legal Action Center
Legal Aid Society
Mental Health Association of NYC
Mott Haven Reformed Church
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) –
NYC Chapter
National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter
New York State Prisoner Justice Network
Northern Rivers Family of Services
Not On My Watch! Safe Haven Network
NY Divinity School
NYC Clergy Roundtable
NYU Family Defense Clinic
Office of the Appellate Defender
The Osborne Association
Parole Justice New York
The Presbytery of New York City
Prison Families of New York, Inc.
Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College
Rabbi Uri L’Tzedek, Awaken to Justice
RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison)
Reformed Church in America
Rehabilitation Through the Arts
Rev. Gloria McCanna Poughkeepsie, NY
SCO Family of Services
Sheltering Arms Children & Family Services
The Sills Family Foundation
Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities
(TASC) of the Capital District, Inc.
The Villa of Hope Youth & Family Services
UAW Local 2325 – Association of Legal Aid
Attorneys (AFL-CIO)
Urban Justice Center
Westchester Peace Action Committee Foundation
Women & Justice Project
Women’s Prison Association
WORTH (Women on the Rise Telling Herstory)