Film slams ‘video visitation’ in county jails

January 14, 2016
San Marcos Daily Record

Recent winners of The Austin Chronicle’s prestigious “2015 Critics’ Picks Award” – an honor also bestowed on a few San Marcos institutions, including Bower Bird and Centro Cultural Hispano – will comprise a panel at the sneak preview of a hard-hitting documentary to close the “Imposed Separateness” film series.

Chief organizers of Grassroots Leadership, a social-justice advocacy group based in Austin, will speak following the special screening of “(In)Securus Technologies: An Assault on the Rights of Prisoners” on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the basement chapel of the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 604 N. Guadalupe St.

The film, due to officially premiere in Austin in the coming weeks, documents the societal impact of a new trend in Texas county jails including Hays County: elimination of in-person visitation, replaced by so-called “video visitation.”