Arizona To Charge To Visit Inmates
September 6, 2011 by USA Post
Arizona To Charge To Visit Inmates, Collection of revenue for the coffers of the state has taken some ideas from the box. Faced with a shortage of all types, Arizona has come up with the novel idea of ??charging people and 25 a pop every time you visit a state prison. Of course, what makes this more politically acceptable is the fact that nobody likes tax increases, cuts in social services, otherwise the state thinks himself from prison is where all the bad guys, supposedly live, why not stick to them? Surely no one will care? Well, at least in theory …
NYTimes: The new legislation allows the department to impose a rate of 25 and adults wishing to visit inmates in any of the 15 prison complexes that house state prisoners. The only time “background check fee” for visitors, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, has angered advocacy groups of prisoners and relatives of inmates, which in many cases spending and shoulder travel long distances to remote areas where many prisons are located.
Fee Fund? Now is not that a nice way to try to squeeze yourself in a political backlash among certain sectors of the population? After all, if you ever need a background check prior to visit a prison, why the cynical brand stick to the charges now?
David C. Fathi, director of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, called the fee “amazing” and said that although it was intended under the pretext of helping the state – the money will be used to repair and maintain the prisons – that could ultimately have a negative effect on public safety.
“We know that one of the best things you can do if you want people to go straight and live a law-abiding life when released from jail to continue contact with the family while in prison,” he said. “Talking about a penny wise and pound foolish.”
First, one wonders how much of it and 25 will be used to actually improve conditions in prisons and secondly, why the poorest members of society (ie, prisoners and one wonders to visitors ) be subject to a lien effective to be a prisoner? But again there are those who say all prisoners are locked hours services is fair. But is it really?
“What will happen is that people will stop visiting,” one woman said, adding that most of the prisoners “live in” family visits.
Human rights group, Middle Earth, for their part argue that charging a rate of 25 and is just a ploy to get money for general purposes of the public.
Donna Leone Hamm, executive director of the Central Zone, said he thought state legislators created the background check fee “financial desperation” at a time when the state faces huge budget deficits.
“This was a plan – in my mind, a crazy scheme – to try to come up with the money,” he said.
However, in desperate economic situation that may ultimately become what is politically acceptable. After all, law-abiding citizens who work and pay taxes may resent lawmakers approve tax cuts or public sector services, but inmates who do not vote a minority appear to be dispensable.
Not happy in the new world order of things are becoming more decently clear as to where the really important things …?
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