Va. cancels death row visit change
The Virginia Department of Corrections has canceled plans to end face-to-face visits between death row inmates and their families.
Spokesman Larry Traylor said Friday the department decided against changing the policy to require all death row visits be done via video beginning Sept. 1.
Traylor would not say why the department changed its plans, but said it would continue to review the policy “as well as other related issues and technical capabilities.”
Virginia would have been only the second death penalty state to end face-to-face visits.
Inmates' families and prisoner advocates condemned the planned policy change, calling it “cruel and unnecessary.”
Traylor said video-only visitation was implemented for inmates in segregation on Aug. 1 and will remain in effect.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post Editors
August 27, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
Categories: Death Penalty , Prison Beat , Virginia
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