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Testimony Regarding DOC Mail Processing in NYC Jails

As numerous reports have consistently noted, people under DOC care are frequently denied access to the most basic of services: “Clean laundry, haircuts, time outdoors are so simple” but these services are frequently denied to those in New York City jails. Receiving real mail is similarly simple: This Board should not allow the DOC to thwart access to it.

The NYCLU respectfully urges the Board to reject the DOC’s variance request. Allowing the DOC to proceed will further dehumanize those in custody while simultaneously doing nothing to stop the onslaught of drug overdoses. To protect individuals in New York City Jails and to protect the constitution, this variance must be denied.

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