Protect Inmate's Rights to Communicate with their Loved Ones

Protect Inmate's Rights to Communicate with their Loved Ones

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Tammy Serrin started this petition to County sheriff's office and

Due to COVID-19 many prisons across the nation have denied inmate's rights to visits from family, friends, and loved ones. While there is no question that in-person visitation can be risky at this time, incarcerated people and their families must be able to communicate in order to endure this trying, confusing, and constantly evolving pandemic.

THIS PETITION is to protect incarcerated people's rights to at least have voice communication with their loved ones by providing phone and video calls free of cost during this pandemic – as has been recommended by prosecutors nationwide and implemented by some counties, such as Shelby County, Tennessee. 

As you know, there is a general panic as cases of COVID-19 spread. Incarcerated people’s loved ones are even more likely to be concerned. Correctional facilities are filled with people with chronic illnesses and complex medical needs; these people are at a particularly high risk for serious complications from infections like COVID-19. Moreover, it can be difficult for correctional facilities to prevent unsanitary and overcrowded conditions, which also put people at risk for COVID-19.

While the decision to halt visits may be best for public health reasons, it puts loved ones in a bind. Families are forced to check in with their incarcerated loved ones by paying for phone or video calls. But incarcerated people and their loved ones are disproportionately low-income, and likely to be employed in fields most impacted financially by social distancing. Unless you make changes, families will likely have to choose between purchasing essential groceries or a phone call with Mom or Dad, their brother or sister, friend or loved one.

THIS PETITION is for prisons to implement the SIMPLE step of waiving the costs of phone and video calls during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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