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Protect visitation rights for Maine Inmates

This petition had 283 supporters


Maine's Department of Correction is proposing a change in visitation policies for inmates. Currently, facilities are required to provide one hour of contact visitiation every other week for minimum and maximum security inmates ("Detention and Correctional Standard for Counties and Municipalities" K.17-A).  We sign this petition to show our support for this policy.   DO NOT REMOVE THIS POLICY THAT GUARANTEES CONTACT VISITATION FOR MAINE INMATES.

Contact visits could be replaced by video conference calls. This is by no a means suitable substitute for person to person contact. Reduction of staffing costs and possible of drug trafficking are cited as reasons to change this policy. But increasing isolation and decreasing emotional support for incarcerated people is no way to save money or address drug use in correctional facilities. It is not respectful, it is not humane.

Furthermore, an estimated 20,000 children in Maine would be negatively impacted by this proposed change in policy, according the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition.

We insist that contact visitation rights remain protected!

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