In-person visitation is crucial to the well-being of incarcerated people and their families. And there are many benefits for our communities too: in-person visitation has been shown to reduce recidivism, increase the chances of securing employment post-release, and facilitate successful reentry.
Yet, 11 California counties have eliminated, or plan to eliminate or severely restrict in-person visits in at least one of their jails. These counties have decided that video calling an incarcerated loved one from the jail lobby allows for the same human connection as an in-person visit. We know that’s not true.
That’s why we are co-sponsoring California SB 1157 (Mitchell) – Strengthening Family Connections: In-Person Visitation. SB 1157 would allow counties to install and use video visitation as a supplemental option but would prevent them from eliminating in-person visitation.
Can you help us protect the rights of families to see and communicate with their loved ones during incarceration?
If you have any experience with video visitation or jail/prison visitation in general and want to share your story with us, please visit our campaign page and check out the different ways to take action: Nation Inside Campaign: Strengthening Family Connections.
SB 1157 is co-sponsored by: Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement, The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, The Friends Committee on Legislation of California, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children,The Prison Law Office, Project WHAT!, and the Women’s Policy Institute.
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children