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Allocate $1.5 million to bring back a free bus service for families
  • Petitioning New York State Legislature

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New York State Legislature

Allocate $1.5 million to bring back a free bus service for families

    1. Petition by

      Correctional Association of New York

In July 2011, funding for the free family bus program run by the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) was eliminated because of budget cutbacks.

This program was a vital means of accessing visits for the 80,000 children with an incarcerated parent in New York and for the thousands of other family members with a loved one in prison. The elimination of the program has been devastating to families who cannot afford the often expensive trips to far away prisons and to the incarcerated people who rely on visits to provide them with hope, healing, and the strong relationships that help ensure a successful transition home.

Visiting is especially important for parents with children in foster care who risk termination of their parental rights if they do not maintain consistent contact with their children.

Providing access for children and families to visit their loved ones in prison is good public policy and will help the state save money in the long run: maintaining family ties supports positive outcomes for children, reduces recidivism, enhances public safety, and contributes to positive and safe prison environments.

New York policymakers should allocate $1.5 million to reestablish a free prison bus service and restore a lifeline of support for children and families across the state.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Susan Cleary NEW ROCHELLE, NY
      • 6 months ago

      I have children who need to be bussed.

    • Louise McEdward ASTORIA, NY
      • 8 months ago

      To maintain family connections and support for those incarcerated. It is crucial to remain connected those in prison and the family

      members and loved ones who want to be

      there for them.

    • Pilar Millhollen NEW YORK, NY
      • 11 months ago

      Our criminal "justice" system is failing miserably and tearing families, especially of color, apart. PLEASE give not only those incarcerated but our children a chance. Take compassion on our citizens and fellow human beings.

    • Ashley Vasquez ROCHESTER, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Having family is important and vital for the inmate. My father is currently incarcerated and I could not imagine the inability to see him. These buses help connect children and other family members with their loved one--it is wrong to punish them and to further punish the inmate.

    • Tom Bulger CANANDAIGUA, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      family are critical.


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