On Wednesday, January 23, Osborne's New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents launched #BringBackVisitBuses, an effort to let our legislators know that we want Prison Visiting Buses to be fully funded in this year’s state budget.
Building and maintaining strong family connections is critical for families dealing with a family member's incarceration. But most of those incarcerated in New York State's 50+ prisons are more than 100 miles from home, in locations that are difficult if not impossible to reach by public or affordable transportation.
More than 80,000 children have a parent incarcerated in a New York State prison. The large majority of these children want and need to visit their parents. Programs to support visiting contribute to the well-being of families and communities and are consistent with goals for successful reentry and reintegration after release.
From 1973 to 2011, the state's Prison Visiting Buses program provided transportation to New York's prisons at no cost to families. We are asking all supporters to take part in #BringBackVisit Buses to bring back this critical lifeline that makes it possible for the thousands of children and families to visit a loved one incarcerated in a New York State prison. Currently, too many children are unable to visit an incarcerated parent consistently, if at all.
Steps you can take to support #BringBackVisitBuses: