Proximity Bill Passes the NYS Assembly and Senate

Youth Action Council in Albany outside of the state office building.
Youth Action Council in Albany outside of the state office building.

 

The Proximity Bill (S724A/A6710A) was finally passed by the NY State Assembly and Senate on Tuesday! If signed into law by Governor Cuomo, NYS DOCCS will be required to consider an incarcerated parent’s proximity to their minor children when assigning them to a prison.

This is a huge victory for children and families who will no longer face traveling very long distances to visit an incarcerated loved one.

Youth Action Council in Albany with Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Carl E, Heastie.

 

We are grateful to all the advocates and partner organizations with whom we worked over the last nine years to pass this legislation. Special thanks to the Osborne Youth Action Council members who traveled to Albany, held press conferences, and bravely shared their personal stories with legislators about how important it is to visit their incarcerated parents. 

Thank you New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery for sponsoring this bill after meeting with our Youth Action Council years ago, and learning from April how difficult it was for her to visit her Mom and Dad who were held in prisons far from home.

Thank you Assemblymember Nily Rozic for carrying the bill in the Assembly, speaking at numerous rallies, and securing the support of your colleagues. We also thank Corrections Chairs' Senator Senator Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda, Assemblymember David Weprin David Weprin , and Senator Hon. Gustavo Rivera who carried an earlier version of this bill and championed it along with many others.

Most importantly - we are grateful that parents will now be closer to their children! #VisitingIsALifeline #SeeUsSupportUs