The ACLU said they had “serious concerns” about the legality of the prison’s visitation policy.
A prison in Mississippi posted a new visitation policy on Wednesday, forbidding all friends, pastors, girlfriends, fiancés cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, and in-laws from visiting inmates.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Mississippi told BuzzFeed News Thursday that they were concerned about the legality of the policy.
“We have been contacted by family members who would be impacted, we have reviewed the policy, and we have serious concerns regarding its legality,” the ACLU said in its statement. “We are considering all options.”
Although the notice appeared to be posted at the prison and stated that the policy was effective Thursday, a spokesperson for the MDOC told BuzzFeed News that the policy was “not finalized.”
Jasmine Cole, the MDOC's spokesperson, said, “The visitation policy is under review. It is not finalized.”
She did not comment on why the policy had already been posted at the correctional facility.
A spokesperson for the superintendent of the South Mississippi Correctional Institute referred all questions to the MDOC.
“I can’t breathe,” the inmate’s fiancée told Feldman, according to his tweets. “This is so unfair.”
“Literally not even aunts and cousins can visit and for some people that's all they have,” she told Feldman.