For prisoners, visitation provides an important link to the outside world and a support system. As of May 2013, there were 218,171 inmates across the country. That’s 0.7% of adults in the U.S. resident population. For those 218,171 people, continued contact with their friends and loved ones can be critical to the maintenance of psychological morale and the adjustment back into the outside community. For those reasons, the Federal Bureau of Prisons recognizes prisoner visitation rights and has established regulations surrounding them.
Understanding Visitation Rights
According to the FBP, the warden must allow each inmate at least four monthly hours of visitation. The warden can also establish monthly limits for the maximum hours of visitation. It is the responsibility of prisoners to Continue reading “The Future of Prison Visitation”