FDOC holds second hearing on inmate visitation

Posted at 6:31 AM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 02:31:49-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Department of Corrections will hold their second public hearing on proposed changes to inmate visitation on Thursday.

But many people across the state aren't happy with those proposed changes.

Thursday they plan to pack that public hearing to speak against the plans, and after the hearing they're taking their voices to the Governor's mansion to conitnue.

The Florida Department of Corrections say they brought about the proposed changes, which would alternate weekends that families could visit inmates, to decrease the overflow of families coming in and decrease contraband coming into the prisons.

The first draft included a two-hour maximum, which sparked so much outrage that it was taken out.

Activists in the area says this hurts the inmates and their families.

The current weekend visitation schedule remains in effect at institutions statewide until after the rulemaking process is complete. If and when that change occurs is not yet known.

The public hearing is at 8:30 am Thursday and the protest is at 2:30 p.m. at the Governor's Mansion.

The activists will also be addressing budgets cuts that would take away from programs that helps with re-entry programs, rehabilitation programs and other forms of help.