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Thread: Prison visitation

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    Prison visitation

    A court in virginia is deciding wheter it is a constitutional right to have visitation.

    http://hamptonroads.com/2013/03/va-c...ght-visitation
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    Re: Prison visitation

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
    A court in virginia is deciding wheter it is a constitutional right to have visitors.

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    You lose many of your constitutional rights when you go to prison. I'd be all for visitation being a privilege that's earned through good behavior -- and suspended when prisoners become problems. Trying to keep prisoners sane, safe and relatively happy should be a goal of our prison system. (Maybe "happy" isn't the right word, but making them nuts doesn't make much sense either.)
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    Re: Prison visitation

    It's definitely a privileged, but one that should be given often depending on the circumstances.

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    Re: Prison visitation

    Prisoner privileges vary according to state, but most allow a decent amount to abiding inmates. There are some legal rights they have as well, but in some cases, judges can refuse them. Some of the rights that cannot be revoked are visitation, food, medical care and being allowed to practice their religion.

    Read more: What Privileges Do Inmates in Prison Have? | eHow.com What Privileges Do Inmates in Prison Have? | eHow.com


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    Re: Prison visitation

    I am thinking that it is a right because it would be cruel and inhuman punishment" to keep them from their loved ones.

    And/or the people plotting a jailbreak.

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    Re: Prison visitation

    It is certainly a privilege. But I wouldn't advocate it so much for the sake of the prisoners as their loved ones. I've recently listended to a interview with Marc Lépine's mother who, despite Marc killing 14 people, still loved and missed him. This just shows that although they are a rapist/murderer/thief/fraudster/etc. they are still someone's son/daughter/brother/sister/mother/father. Love and caring really does transcend things like horrific crimes.
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    Re: Prison visitation

    You have a right to legal council, not to seeing your friends and relatives, that is a privilege. What makes anyone think that Constitutional rights are not subject to severe limitation upon criminal conviction? If the state has a right to lock you up it may certainly set necessary security precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and other inmates. Even hospitals and public schools have strict visitation policies.
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    Re: Prison visitation

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
    I am thinking that it is a right because it would be cruel and inhuman punishment" to keep them from their loved ones.

    And/or the people plotting a jailbreak.
    It's a Right. Also to let the inmates family know that the state hasn't done anything to their family member and that they are not being treated inhumanely.

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    Re: Prison visitation

    Quote Originally Posted by Juiposa View Post
    It is certainly a privilege. But I wouldn't advocate it so much for the sake of the prisoners as their loved ones. I've recently listended to a interview with Marc Lépine's mother who, despite Marc killing 14 people, still loved and missed him. This just shows that although they are a rapist/murderer/thief/fraudster/etc. they are still someone's son/daughter/brother/sister/mother/father. Love and caring really does transcend things like horrific crimes.
    Most of their moms will tell you, "He really such a good boy".

    BTW, di anyone watch the "Bates Motel last night?

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    Re: Prison visitation

    Some Prisons even have Conjugal visits......now those should be considered a Privilege.

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