ACLU sends letter to MDOC about proposed changes to visitation policy

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi sent a letter to Mississippi Department of Corrections to address concerns about the proposed changes to the visitation policy.

Corrections officials said in September that the change would shorten the list of visitors that inmates could have.

According to the ACLU, the proposed policy stated that the only visitors allowed would be “immediate family” as defined by MDOC which included a spouse, children, stepchildren raised prior to age 12, siblings, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, or persons formally documented as acting in place of a parent prior to age 12.

The proposed policy would have excluded friends, pastors, girlfriends, fiancées, extended family members, and anyone else not specifically listed, according to the ACLU.

MDOC told WJTV two months ago that the change was prompted by security violations that were being investigated.

The new policy was set to go in place in September, but corrections officials decided to postpone it.

In October, the ACLU sent a letter to MDOC regarding the proposal. The ACLU wants Commissioner Marshall Fisher to cease consideration of the proposal.

Read the ACLU’s letter here.

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