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DOCCS suspends visitation at prisons across New York State

New York State has temporarily suspended visitation to all prisons.

The announcement came Monday as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge around the state.


“The Department continues to work with our phone and tablet vendor as previously announced to ensure continued access to some free calls and secure messages each week,” DOCCS said in a statement. “The Department will also make five free stamps available to the population for general correspondence. We will continue to monitor the infection rates and resume visitation as soon as practical. We recognize that visitation is a vital part of family reunification and therefore, we will resume it when safe to do so.”

There have been around 3,000 cases of COVID-19 among incarcerated individuals, as well as another roughly 3,000 employees of prisons.



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