Secure the dignity and opportunity of New Yorkers behind bars.

The Problem

New York State prisons strip people of their fundamental rights, while simultaneously failing to create access to higher education and opportunities for self-development. New York State also fails to respect people’s self-determined gender in determining housing and access to commissary.

How We’ll Solve It

New York must protect the rights, humanity, and access to education of people in prison.

Restore Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for Incarcerated Students (S.4464/A.2322)

allows incarcerated college students to access state financial aid for higher education.

Gender Identity Respect, Dignity and Safety Act (S.4702A/A.5257A)

ensures that people are placed and given access to commissary items based on their self-identified gender.

Restore Voting Rights for People in Prison (S.3073/A.6646)

ends Jim Crow era voter disenfranchisement of Black and Latinx New Yorkers by restoring voting rights to people in prison.

Connecting Families

makes phone calls in prison free.

Right to In-Person Visits (S.2698/A.2483)

codifies the right to in-person visits so families can spend time with their incarcerated loved ones.

Restore TAPCampaign website
Restore TAPBill Summary
Gender Identity Respect, Dignity & Safety Act Fact Sheet
Gender Identity Respect, Dignity & Safety Act NYCLU Legislative Memo
Protect In-person VisitingBill Summary
Protect In-person VisitingCampaign Website

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