FDOC Visitation Suspensions

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We believe the practice of suspending visitation is a practice that needs to stop. The suspension matrix was recently changed, an inmate can have visitation suspended indefinitely for a first time offense.  The penalty sixty days confinement is harsh enough.Locked in a small cell twenty-four hours a day, only going to the shower every other day.  The last thirty days of their confinement they are supposed to go out for so called rec three hours a week.  This is in a cage similar to a dog kennel and the rule is not always followed. You can read on DOC's website how they feel that contact with loved ones has a positive effect on inmates behavior.  It helps with re-entry into society, but yet they don't hesitate to take it away. They are implementing tablets soon so inmates can have video visitation when their loved ones can't come in person. They also will be able to get video grams so they can be a part of birthdays, graduations and many life events.  This is being done in part because they have again found that contact with family plays a very large role in good behavior.  Why then are they increasing the time frames of suspension?  Why do they even use this tool? It is supposed to be a correctional institution, not just a place to lock them up and forget they are human beings.  Their families and loved ones still need them and taking away our Twelve hours a week is extremely hard on us.  We ask that this rule be taken out of the statutes, we believe this is inhumane and cruel and unusual punishment.



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