On May 1, 2018, the Miami Correctional Facility in Bunker Hill, Indiana, completely eliminated in-person visitation at the facility. Prisoners were notified just one week before May 1st that they would no longer be able to have contact visits with their loved ones.
Click here to help us quickly undo this cruel and counterproductive policy.
The facility administration claims the ban is intended to help stop drug trafficking. The notice came after a percentage of the prison population failed drug tests, and the administration is using that as justification for banning all contact visitation.
While drugs are a problem throughout prisons in Indiana, contact visits are not the culprit. The drug trafficking into facilities by prison guards has been widely documented. Additionally, medical staff in Indiana prisons are notorious for over-medicating incarcerated people in order to subdue them, leading to increased drug dependency among incarcerated populations.
If the administration at Miami Correctional Facility was serious about eliminating drug trafficking and drug dependency, it would address these issues and provide meaningful opportunities for people imprisoned there.
Instead, this prison is trying to further deprive prisoners of care from and communication with their loved ones. Click here to pressure the prison administration to undo the ban on visits.
Family members, prison policy experts, and criminal justice organizations almost universally agree that in-person contact with family and community members drastically improves the rate of successful re-entry into society, reduces recidivism, and helps to maintain order in prisons. If the Miami Correctional Facility is truly dedicated to increasing safety, it must start with adjusting its administrative policies to promote successful rehabilitation rather than violate basic human rights.
Sign this petition to demand that the Miami Correctional Facility in Indiana revoke the visitation ban immediately and restores in-person contact visits for the entire facility.
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> The Effects of Prison Visits From Family Members on Prisoners’ Well-Being, Prison Rule Breaking, and Recidivism: A Review of Research Since 1991