April 26, 2018

Guest Column: Cutting prison visits will cause problems and provide no solutions [Florida Times-Union]

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

The following op-ed was authored by Tachana Marc, policy analyst at the Florida Policy Institute. The column appeared in the Florida Times-Union.

The Florida Department of Corrections has proposed a new rule that would significantly reduce inmates’ visitation hours at all 50 state prisons.

Under the rule, visitation hours would be granted every other weekend instead of every weekend. Such a change is meant to address ongoing issues with understaffing and increased contraband coming into facilities. This is the wrong response and would have adverse consequences.

Visitation plays a vital role in helping inmates remain connected to their loved ones.

And among its numerous other flaws, a policy to limit visitations would deprive children of the chance to develop and maintain meaningful parent-child interactions.

Read more on jacksonville.com

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