Mass and static incarceration will not be solved unless we address that which we are most afraid to talk about: violent crime, and/or those serving life sentences. Our mission is to change the way society and the justice system respond to violence and harm. From Proximity to policy.
Join us on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4PM as Assemblymember Rob Bonta and members of the Coalition for Family Unity to discuss the importance of in-person visiting during incarceration to nurture the children, spouses, and other family members left behind, to support the mental health of the incarcerated, and to reduce recidivism. Click here to watch.
Numerous studies have found that close family contact during incarceration improves children’s mental health, improves in-custody behavior, and aids in successful reentry once released. The loss of family connections has received renewed attention due to the COVID pandemic, which has led to the wholesale cancellation of in-person visits and only minimal increases in phone communications in our state prisons. Unfortunately, significant barriers to visiting and phone contact existed before the pandemic and have only been exacerbated since.
During our town hall, we will hear about the experiences family members have to undergo in their effort to remain connected with their loved ones. We will also highlight new legislation that would ensure incarcerated individuals are able to maintain regular contact with their family and stay on a path to successful reentry into society. Visiting is a right, not a privilege.
This bill and town hall are sponsored by the Coalition for Family Unity, A New Way of Life, All of Us or None, the Bail Project, California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC), California Families Rise, California’s Impacted Families Project, Community Works, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), Drop LWOP, East Bay Family Defenders, Essie Justice Group, Fathers & Families of San Joaquin, Felony Murder Elimination Project, Families United to End LWOP (FUEL), Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Place4Grace, Pride in Truth, Prison From the Inside Out, Re:Store Justice, Root & Rebound, Silicon Valley DeBug, Starting Over, Inc., and Young Women’s Freedom Center.