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New Yorkers to rally for the right to send food to inmates

Demonstrations planned outside Gov. Hochul’s office

September 26, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Families of incarcerated people throughout New York are planning a series of rallies on Tuesday, including one outside Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office in Manhattan, calling for an immediate end to a policy that prohibits family members from sending certain types of food to incarcerated loved ones locked up in state prison. 

The rule, changed earlier this year, is known as the DOCCS package ban. Family members can no longer send home-cooked meals, for example, and instead will have to purchase items from third-party vendors pre-approved by the prison.

The policy also limits the number of non-food packages to just two per year.

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The rally takes place on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. It is being sponsored by New Hour for Women & Children, The Release Aging People in Prison Campaign, NYS Jails Justice Network, Citizen Action of NY, Free The People WNY, All of Us Community Action Group, and Sing Sing Family Collective.

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