Statement on NYS Suspending Package Pilot Program Indefinitely

Tina Luongo, Attorney-In-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society, released the below statement today following the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s decision to suspend the vendor only prison package pilot (Directive 4911A) implemented last month.

“Albany heard loud and clear from our incarcerated clients, their impacted family members, defender organizations, small businesses and others that this directive was wrongheaded and punitive. Forcing people in prison and their families to buy from pre-selected vendors results in price-gouging, creates anger and fosters hopelessness in already volatile prisons, and interferes with their ability to maintain meaningful relations with the community back home. We laud this decision and hope DOCCS decides soon to abandon a vendors-only system.”