Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Prison Video Visitation Ban, But Shares Concerns

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would ban the practice of only allowing video visitation at California prisons.

The bill by Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell was in response to prisons across the United States ending in-person visitation for inmates. Instead, those prisons are turning to costly services that allow families to communicate only via an Internet video conference.

The governor said while the bill didn’t offer flexibility, he is concerned about this trend.

“This practice could have an adverse impact on achieving rehabilitative goals and might affect in a negative way the families and loved ones of those incarcerated,” he said in his veto statement.


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