On Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10am in Sacramento, the California Senate Public Safety Committee will hold an informational hearing on video visitation in county jails. The hearing will be at the state capitol, but the time, place and agenda have not yet been announced. The agenda will be announced here: http://spsf.senate.ca.gov/hearings.
We believe that there will be an opportunity for public comment. Please consider speaking or providing a written statement if you have experience with in-person or video visitation.
We are in a period when many counties are building or seeking to build new jails. Some counties are building jails without facilities for in-person visiting. Instead, they are setting up video-visitation as the only visiting method. There are many problems with video visitation. In-person visitation is crucial to the well-being of incarcerated people and their families.
Last year, the legislature passed SB 1157 (introduced by Senator Holly Mitchell), to…
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