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Oppose the new directive from DOCCS eliminating food packages

January 7, 2018

The thugs who run the NYS prison system (NYS DOCCS) have issued a new directive (4911A) that describes new, draconian package rules that they are testing in 3 facilities as a ‘pilot program.’

Currently, at most facilities, family and friends can drop off packages at the front desk when visiting- packages that include fresh fruit and vegetables that supplement the high carb/sugar, meager diet provided by DOCCS.

These new rules are problematic in a lot of ways including:

1) Packages can be ordered only from approved vendors.

2) Fresh fruit and vegetables are not allowed.

3) Family and friends cannot drop off packages while visiting. All packages must be shipped through the vendor.

4) Each person is limited to ordering three packages a month for him or herself and receiving three packages a month from others. Each package cannot be more than 30 pounds. Of the 30 pounds per package, only 8 pounds can be food.

5) Allowable items will be the same in all facilities. (No more local permits.)

6) There are far fewer items allowed than before and of the items that are allowed, far less variety. This includes additional restrictions on clothing.

7) Groups like NYC Books through Bars, Inside Books Project, and South Florida Prison Books will not be able to send free books to the 52,000 people in the NYS prison system.


The pilot program implements an “approved venders only” package system. This means that only packages from approved vendors will be accepted. The vendors appear to be companies that specialize in shipping into prisons and jails. There are currently five approved vendors identified on the DOCCS website. This amounts to a cash grab for these companies.

The pilot program is starting at three facilities: Taconic, Greene, and Green Haven. Those facilities stopped accepting packages from non-approved vendors on January 2, 2018.

We have to make this package directive unworkable. These new rules are cruel- eliminating fresh fruit and vegetables and creating massive profits for the vampire companies that will fill the niche.



Some ideas how:

1-Sign the petition- share it with your address book, share it on Twitter, share it on Facebook. It takes two seconds. 

2-Get in touch with your people in NYS Prisons and let them know about this new policy.

3- Flood the electeds with postcards. Send one to Governor Cuomo and one to Anthony Annucci, the acting commissioner of DOCCS. It costs 34 cents.

Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224


Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci


Building 2, State Campus

Albany, NY 12226


Some sample text:

Dear Governor Cuomo,

Prisoners should have access to fresh fruits, vegetables and other support from their families. I object to the new DOCCS package rules.


(Your Name)

(Your relationship to people in prison, if applicable)


Dear Acting Commissioner Annucci,

The new DOCCS package pilot punishes innocent families. Having a loved one in prison is already expensive and difficult—the new rules make it worse. Rescind the package pilot!


(Your Name)

(Your relationship to people in prison, if applicable)


4) Write a letter to both of these people (address above)


5)Call Cuomo’s office and leave a message about it. You won’t have to talk to anyone. Just leave your message.



6) Email




7) Tweet at Cuomo: @NYGovCuomo

8) Write your NYS Senate and Assembly reps as well:

9) Get media to cover it especially outfits like Democracy Now and the NY Times





NYC Books through Bars letter to Cuomo:



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