Arizona Will Charge Families To Visit Their Incarcerated Loved Ones

A new Arizona law enables the Arizona prison system to charge people $25 a head before they can visit their friends or family members in prison. As David Fathi, director of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, explains, the fee will ultimately undermine the state’s ability to rehabilitate inmates: “We know that one of the best things you can do if you want people to go straight and lead a law-abiding life when they get out of prison is to continue family contact while they’re in prison. Talk about penny-wise and pound-foolish.”