AZ to Charge Family Members to Visit Their Loved Ones in Prison

From Think Progress:

Arizona law enables the Arizona prison system to charge people $25 a head before they can visit their friends or family members in prison. As David Fathi, director of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, explains, the fee will ultimately undermine the state’s ability to rehabilitate inmates: “We know that one of the best things you can do if you want people to go straight and lead a law-abiding life when they get out of prison is to continue family contact while they’re in prison. Talk about penny-wise and pound-foolish.”


  1. This is crazy. Everyone knows that people who get visited in prison more are less like to reoffend once they get out.

    An FOAF is in the Harris County Hotel awaiting murder one charges. She’s the mother of the girl my ex-gf nannied. The girl lived with her dad. K was also a kind of surrogate daughter to me. We went trick or Treating, played laser tag and had some pretty deep conversations.

    I don’t see my ex anymore, but I have become friends with the mom’s transman partner and have visited the mom a few times in the County Hotel’s maximum security area. Trial is coming up. We found a good lawyer from the TSU legal clinic. Take that racists! TSU is defending a white defendant who killed a black man. BTW, TSU is a historically black university. TSU was the Negro law school referred to in the Sweatt vs. Painter Supreme Court case.

    Prosecution is overreaching going for murder one. They’ll never be able to prove intent, and sometimes this results in the jury convicting on a lesser charge and giving a very light sentence. And if they don’t offer that option to the jury, she will walk. But if she goes to Huntsville, I’ll drop in a few times a year.

  2. No doubt the doing of sheriff A-Hole-io
    I Cannot WAIT for some shit to come up on his Hole-io than thou life!
    Makng grown men watch disney too!!!

    1. He’s just a sadist that gets his kicks torturing inmates through any legal means he can find. Not only does visitation help inmates rehabilitate, blackmailing their family members via visitation rights will just make the inmates more pissed off when they get out. It’s doubly hindering the rehabilitation process.

  3. This is Arizona, folks. Republican stronghold. Money talks. One of my grandsons had 4 DUIs before he turned 21, and spent a total of 2 weekends in jail. He has huge fines, but he’s OK to drive. Obviously their system is no kind of deterrent, or he wouldn’t have had 4 DUIs.

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