By Joanna Corrigan
September 5, 2011
Visitors to Arizona prison are being charged $25 to see inmates in a move believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., it has emerged.
Relatives and friends of prisoners arriving at the jail have to pay the one-off ‘background check fee’ on their first visit.
On the department’s website, it declares: ‘All adult visitors applying on or after July 20, 2011 must pay a one time, non-refundable, $25.00 background check fee in accordance with Department Order 911.’
Campaigners are angry at the development, complaining that friends and family already have to pay large travel costs to get to remote prisons.
They argue it will put off relatives from visiting, which means convicts will be even more cut off from real life and become more likely to re-offend.