Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner

Contact: Thomas W. Mailey
Office of Public Information
(518) 457-8182

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Groveland Correctional Facility Inmates Commit to Positive Actions while Pledging to Rochester's Gun Buyback Program During the 2014 "Season for Nonviolence"

Groveland Correctional Facility inmates today kicked off the second annual 64 days of their “Season for Nonviolence” by pledging to help take guns off the streets of Rochester. More than 400 U.S. cities and 18 countries participate in the annual event that started in 1998 and takes place within the 64 days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi (January 30) and Dr. Martin Luther King (April 4).

Arun Gandhi, author, activist, and grandson of assassinated Mohandas Gandhi who inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world, met with approximately 350 of the facility’s 1,085 inmates today at the western New York medium-security facility for male inmates. Arun Gandhi discussed the importance of making the right choices in life and encouraged the inmates to use nonviolent actions in order to achieve a just world.

Like the 2013 “Season for Nonviolence,” Groveland will use daily messaging to reach the inmate population via posters and verbal means to serve as reminders and to encourage the population to make positive choices. Inmates will participate in a series of special events including an essay contest, art show, and talent show/peace concert, all with the theme of nonviolence.

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci said, “To create an awareness of nonviolent principles within a correctional facility setting should be commended. I applaud the inmates and the staff for their dedication to building a community inside and outside the confines of Groveland and for their monetary commitment to the Rochester gun buyback program.”

During 2013 more than $1,500 was donated to the Rochester gun buyback program which was then matched by the Rochester Police Benevolent Association.