Visitation resumes at California prisons

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Normal visiting hours resume this weekend at all state prisons in California.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation suspended visits at adult prisons statewide for the last week of June. Prison officials said they did so reluctantly to save money in a tight fiscal year.

That prompted some inmates and their families to worry the suspension of visits might last a while.

In a written statement Corrections’ spokeswoman Terri MacDonald said she wants to reassure inmates and their families that visits at state prisons are back on schedule.

MacDonald wrote, “Our goal is to continue regular visitation throughout the new fiscal year, barring any unforeseen financial impacts or emergencies.”

But that statement might not assuage inmate advocates’ worries. Corrections has already slashed inmate rehabilitation and education programs due to budget cuts. They fear visits could be next.