Directive #4911A has been suspended!
PROTECTING INCARCERATED people AND THEIR LOVED ONES FROM commercial PACKAGE vendors
In December of 2017, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYS DOCCS) released Directive #4911A, amending the rules governing prison packages.
The directive, which went into affect as a pilot program in Greene, Green Haven, and Taconic Correctional Facilities in early January, prohibited families, friends, and organizations from sending packages directly to anyone who is incarcerated. Instead, it required them to use six approved private vendors who generally sell low quality items at exploitative prices. The directive also prohibited the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables and direct donation of new and used books.
Expected to roll out to all NYS DOCCS facilities by the fall of 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo suspended the Secure Vendor Pilot Program after just 10 days following public backlash. But as a coalition of directly-impacted people and other criminal justice advocates, we are pushing forward for the full termination of this exploitative program.
Sing Sing's Gun Buyback
A collaboration with sing sing correctional facility and voices from within
In 2012, a group of men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility raised nearly $8,000 from among 1,600 prisoners to launch a gun buyback with the NYPD. Their donor match fell through and consequently they fell short of the minimum amount needed to get the initiative off the ground.
Please help these men, now collectively known as Voices From Within, raise the matching funds necessary to finally launch this gun buyback. If successful, it could remove approximately 100 to 200 guns off New York City streets. Your contribution demonstrates your support for the twin goals of improving public safety and promoting second chances.
Thanks to Yusef Kassim and friends for their generous matching commitment of $3,895.