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Court rules Arizona prison visitor constitutional

PHOENIX — A new court ruling says Arizona’s one-time prison visitor fee
that goes toward maintaining state-run lockups is constitutional.

The ruling issued Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals
upholds a trial judge’s December 2011 decision that rejected a challenge by
prisoner rights advocates.

Arizona implemented the $25 fee in July 2011.

The state said it was for a background check but money from the fee goes for
repairs and maintenance of state-run prisons.

People who were approved for visitation prior to the enactment of the being
implemented were grandfathered in.

Children under 18, inmates’ foster parents and those who want only phone
privileges are exempt from payment.


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