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Re: “'Video visitation' expanding in Arkansas jails

Video Visitation is evidence of a systemic problem with overcrowding, under-funding, under-staffing, and lack of understanding and consideration of families of inmates. I would like to think that having contact visits is a way for the facilities to help inmates to manage their thoughts, emotions and actions, knowing that they will be able to see their loved ones. Loved ones can have a powerful influence on the penal system. Rather than isolate families and disenfranchise inmates, it would be wise for the Corrections Departments across this country to work to build stronger more stable relationships between inmates and their families, especially children. There is an inherent problem in our system when we do not honor and respect children who did not ask to be brought into this world and certainly not into the world of the Department of Correction. With the high recidivism rate, what is prison correcting? I do believe in our obligation to keep society safe, but sometimes those people who are most dangerous handle a pen, rather than an actual weapon. More harm can be done to individuals when they are received into the system with minor criminal, but come out of the system with a criminal mindset, only to be returned to the system at some point after being freed or placed on probation. There is something woefully wrong with this system and if we do not make some substantive changes, society will find that prison has failed it miserably . Think of our children, and the loved ones of incarcerated inmates. Let's build or repair men, relationships and families. Let's maintain the dignity of families and inmates and treat them both with respect and responsiveness. Moving forward with video visitation as any more than an option is going to be highly detrimental. The high price is not worth it. The system receives inmates and so they must be responsible for the total care. To place a huge business of the support of inmates on the backs of parents, families and children is not just disgraceful, but morally reprehensible. #prisonlivesmattertoo

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Posted by Brenda Green on 05/12/2015 at 9:52 PM

 

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