Inmate Visitation Hearing and Testimony
On November 13, the Joint Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security will be hearing testimony on S.1379/H.2047, An Act to Strengthen Inmate Visitation, filed by Sen. Chang-Díaz and Rep. Marjorie Decker. Visitation is crucial to the well-being of prisoners, their families, and the people who work in prison. This bill would ensure that visitation is not unreasonably restricted and would reverse recent policy changes by the Department of Corrections that limit the ability of family, friends, and community members to visit inmates.
While lawmakers, the bill's sponsors, and community stakeholders will testify at the public hearing, incarcerated individuals cannot attend. Several inmates at MCI-Norfolk have submitted testimony on their personal experiences to the committee. Their experiences and personal perspective shed important light on the reality of this system.
The hearing is scheduled to take place at 2pm on November 13 in Room A-2 of the MA State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133. For more details about the bill and the hearing, please visit: www.malegislature.gov.