State Prisons To Offer Food Incentives For Inmates Who Get Vaccinated; CO Union Pushes Back

People incarcerated in New York state prisons have one more reason to get vaccinated against COVID-19, after the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced a new vaccine incentive program.

In a memo issued to all DOCCS inmates Wednesday, acting commissioner Anthony J. Annucci detailed a program that will provide special meals to inmates who receive at least one dose of a vaccine between now and Dec. 8.

According to the memo, any presently unvaccinated people in the prisons will be given access to a “paired down menu, such as pizza or McDonalds,” sourced from a vendor local to their facility, with a maximum cost of $10 per person. The menu must include non-pork items and will be selected by the facility itself in consultation with its Incarcerated Liaison Committee, which represents the inmates of each prison.

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