We are in the midst of a global pandemic of unimaginable proportions.
- Commissary funds for people in prison so they can purchase soap, canned goods and other essentials.
- Packages to incarcerated people filled with necessary items.
- Phone calls and electronic messages, both costly forms of communication.
- Welcome home funds for people returning from prison at the height of the pandemic.
While the world works to adjust and enact drastic measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the public, a massive humanitarian crisis is unfolding inside New York state prisons.
In response to this crisis, the Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign, the Parole Preparation Project and many partners, are calling on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders to immediately release all aging and vulnerable people in prison. We are also demanding that DOCCS immediately develop a plan to care for incarcerated people who become sick, to open up all lines of communication so that people in prison can freely connect with their loved ones, and ensure full access to essential services.
These demands are rooted in the belief that all people have an inherent right to dignity, care and compassion, and that no person, regardless of the harm they have caused, deserves to suffer or die at the hands of the state.
Incarcerated people, especially aging and elderly people and people with comprised immune systems, are at greater risk of contracting the virus and becoming fatally ill. Should someone become sick inside a correctional facility, they are unlikely to receive adequate care, an awful reality that's true for any illness.
In light of these realities, we are collecting donations for: