Keeping our community safe: COVID-19 Updates

16 March 2020

Osborne's offices are currently closed to the public. We continue to provide services to as many of our participants as possible through the use of technology and other safe practices and are updating our plans as new information becomes available. If you need up-to-date information about Osborne programs and services, please call 718-707-2798.

Read Osborne's March 16 communication about our work during the health emergency, here.

We are updating this page with news and information as it becomes available.

Critical announcements and calls to action: 

  • New York State has suspended all in-person visits for people on parole. Read more.

  • New York State has suspended visits to state prisons. Read more. 

  • New York City has suspended visits to city jails. Read more
     
  • Osborne's video visiting program is suspended through the end of March. We are working to restore video visiting as soon as possible.
     
    • All New Yorkers applying for or already receiving public benefits like food stamps, cash assistance and rent payments, will no longer have to seek help in person for any reason. All services will be available online or over the phone. People needing help can go to nyc.gov/accesshra.
       
    • #NoRollbacks: Call-in to legislators
      It is important to contact the Governor, Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Speaker, and your New York State Senator and Assemblymember to ask that changes to the bail and discovery laws not be included in the budget, as Governor Cuomo states he plans to do. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new bail law must remain in place "as is" to ensure that people are not incarcerated, and thereby placed at high risk for COVID-19 exposure simply because they cannot afford bail.

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