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Articles by Tou Vang

‘When My Brother Comes’ - New Regs Could Discourage Prison Visits

Ed. Note: A new set of California regulations aimed at ferreting out contraband in state prisons threatens to discourage visits to family or friends behind bars. The regulations – which require visitors of all ages to submit to a canine and/or strip search – will become permanent this year barring a reversal by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Criminal justice advocates fear the regulations could deter visits they say are central to lowering recidivism rates. Fresno native Tou Vang, 40, spent 20 years locked up and says routine visits from his brother helped him “feel part of society,” easing the transition to life outside.
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