Prison Families of New York, Inc

Organizing NYS prison families to become a constituency that will force changes in prison and parole policy and practice that will result in more families being able to survive--even do well during--the prison experience. Support groups, on-line support communities, learning how to speak out to the public, insisting on being at the table where the major decisions are made about NYS criminal justice issues.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new crearture: the old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Who We Are

Since 1983--for New York State prison families, by NYS prison families--support by groups, on-line communities, telephone. Information about NYS prisons, parole, commmunity resources for prison families and friends, former prisoners. Advocacy--we teach prison families how to advocate for their loved ones. We assist communities statewide in development of resources for prison families; training and technical assistance;

Our Vision

What change can be accomplished when NYS prison families become organized? We can coerce DOCS to become a "pro-family agency"--keeping prisoners close to home, encouraging family unity. We can influence NYS government to end the MCI contract, which makes it impossible for many of us to accept collect phone calls. We can become a constituency that is asked to participate in policy-making around incarceration, alternatives, parole and family programs.

Types Of Activity

Support groups--in-person and on-line, adults and children; we can help you get it started. Trainings on the effects of incarceration on families and communities. We are experts in NYS prison issues and can assist you if you are a prison family member or a person of conscience.
We host a yearly 3-day retreat for women who have loved ones in NYS prisons. We sponsor criminal justice dinners in the Capital District (Albany, NY); panels, talks, etc.


We occasionally speak to groups of prisoners about family and community issues. However, our work focuses on prison families and their communities.

Our magazine (newsletter)

none at this time. We invite you to help get something started.

About Our Prison Ministry

From the Director and Founder of PFNY--my husband went to prison in 1981; 25 years to life for robbery 3, $18 (no injury, no weapon). He is still in prison, we have raised our 2 children; Jay and I now devote our time to assisting families and prisoners in surviving this experience and being part of progressive change.

Support In

More families! More people of conscience! More connections with unlikely allies! More reporters! $ would be great but this work will happen anyway!


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