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San Juan County Jail Bans On-Site Visits, Offers Video Chats

A Zia Pueblo sun glyph emblazons New Mexico?s state flag. Red and gold sunrays stripe Arizona's. Celestial bodies have weighed heavily on the minds of people in the southwest for centuries.

A New Mexico jail is no longer allowing family and friends to speak to detainees on site and will offer only off-site phone or online video chats. 

The Farmington Daily Times reports the San Juan County Adult Detention Center made the announcement this month. The county says the change will reduce the travel burden for families. 
But the Massachusetts-based nonprofit Prison Policy Initiative says hundreds of jails and prisons across the United States have moved away from in-person visits.

The group and Face to Face Knox found that ending in-person visitation at the Knox County Jail in Knoxville, Tennessee, made the jail more dangerous.


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