URGENT: FL Dept. of Corrections is considering banning non-family members and returning citizens from visiting inmates.
Here’s my sample email, feel free to copy any/all of this--
I am a Florida citizen and an active member of my community, and am writing about the proposed visitation changes being brought forward.
I am very concerned that the proposed visitation changes will have a negative impact on inmates' chances for rehabilitation. I believe in the importance and true restorative impact of friends being able to visit inmates - particularly those friends who have previously experienced incarceration.
To limit visits to family only is harmful, both to the friends of the incarcerated person and the person incarcerated. It is a special opportunity for an inmate to remember there is more than incarceration and be given a glimpse into a future where they will not be incarcerated and have another chance to be a productive member of society.
Additionally, this change would be biased toward inmates who are lucky enough to have family that can visit them. Not everyone is lucky enough to have true family, and I am sure all of us have someone in our lives we consider to be as close as family (and sometimes closer than actual family).
I urge you to reconsider this proposed change.
Thank you for your consideration,