New York State briefly prohibits visits to prisons as a result of COVID-19 instances
ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – New York State has temporarily suspended visits to all state prisons as COVID-19 cases increase in the incarcerated population, staff, and surrounding communities.
The suspension will take effect on Wednesday at 3 p.m. According to the website of the Ministry of Corrections and Community Oversight, non-contact legal visits are still allowed to proceed according to previously announced protocols.
In a statement, DOCCS said:
“The department is continuing to work with our phone and tablet vendors as announced to ensure that some free calls and secure messages are still available every week. The department will also provide the population with five free postage stamps for general correspondence.
We will continue to monitor infection rates and will resume the visit as soon as possible. We recognize that visits are an integral part of family reunification and will therefore resume them when it is safe to do so. “
This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as soon as they are available.