Five California state prisons are rolling out video visitation programs as in-person visits remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prisons — San Quentin State Prison, California Institution for Men, Mule Creek State Prison, Valley State Prison and Central California Women’s Facility — will start offering video visits Nov. 28, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a news release. The video visits will take place on weekends and holidays. The corrections department hopes to expand video visits to all state prisons by the end of the year, Secretary Kathleen Allison said in a statement. The move comes as coronavirus cases have been steadily rising at state prisons, mirroring a trend seen in the general population.
Source: Los Angeles Times November 21, 2020 18:00 UTC