"We're being careful to say there's not a direct correlation, but it certainly hasn't decreased violence," says Grassroots Leadership's Kymberlie Quong Charles, who argues that there's a necessary human, physical element in face-to-face interactions. "Even through Plexiglas, it allows you to see the color of [an inmate's] skin, or other physical things with their bodies," she adds. "It's an accountability thing, and lets people on the outside get some read on the physical condition of a loved one. If there are concerns, it gives people on the outside a tool."
Through a Glass, Darkly: County jail visitation now video-only
November 7, 2014
The Austin Chronicle