Keep Families Connected, stop CDCR from denying an inmate of VISITATION WITH LOVED ONES.
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The purpose of visitation for inmates in CDCR, is to maintain healthy family and community relationships. However, CDCR has rules and regulations that prevent these relationships from being maintained. Beginning with the process an individual must go through in applying to visit an inmate. I respect that CDCR needs to assure the safety of correctional officers & inmates, & must take certain precautions to do so. However, they require prospective visitor's to list all criminal convictions and charges they have had in their lifetime on the visitation questionnaire , & if any crime is not listed, that is grounds for DENIAL. Some people have crimes over a decade out & might not recall the exact disposition & date. CDCR has a database connected to the department of justice that will give them a thorough background check of any person applying for visitation. So they need to utilize that system, & stop making an inmates LOVED ONE go through the process of listing all charges on their record, when they have access to it. It is a hardship to a prospective visitor to obtain printouts from courthouses with lists of convictions provide proof of discharge paperwork had they ever been on parole, this can be costly for a person to collect documentation, which is straining for the person, and is absolutely unnecessary. CDCR can run a thorough background check with their name, DOB & SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. Secondly, the time in which it takes for a visitation questionnaire to be processed, is extensive and leads to gaps in an inmate keeping contact with his loved ones, more action needs to be taken by CDCR to process these applications in a timely matter which should be no longer than 30 days. If they are short of employees to process such a large number of applications, then hiring more correctional officers or staff to be sure every applications get completed is VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE CHANCES OF REHABILITATION OF CDCR INMATES & THAT IS WHAT CDCR MAIN FOCUSES SHOULD BE. It is statistically proven that those inmates who recieve regular visitation with their families, are more likely to rehabilitate by participating in rehabilitation programs offered by CDCR, and their likelihood to re offend is less upon release. CDCR has the power to take an inmates visitation as a "LOSS OF PRIVELAGE" and this should not be allowed. An inmates familiy could be his network of support and the impact loss of visitation has on the inmate and his family is negative & defeats the purpose of rehabilitation for the incarcerated individual. It is cruel and unusual punishment. The community at large will benefit supporting keeping families connected, through the barriers of prison gates, as it is proven statistically that inmates who have family and community support, are more likely to parole as constructive members of society.
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