Class-Action Lawsuit Claims Jail’s Video-Only Visitation Violates Constitutional Rights - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 14, 2019
A proposed class-action lawsuit filed by a dozen inmates at the Knox County jail claims the sheriff's video-only visitation policy violates their constitutional rights, Knoxnews reports. The complaint filed last month in U.S. District Court condemns the ban on in-person visits as "cruel and unusual" and lists other grievances that include overcrowding, a lack of fresh air and exercise, high commissary prices and poor medical and mental health care. The lawsuit claims the video visitation system routinely malfunctions and leaves inmates and their families staring at blank screens with no refunds. The inmates are demanding an end to long-term lockdowns and a return to face-to-face visitation.