On February 19, 2015 the Denton County Sheriff’s Office released a press notice that introduced a new jail visitation policy. Utilizing new technology, family members and friends will now have an innovative way of visiting with their incarcerated loved ones. This policy is noted on the Denton County Sheriff’s website located here.
The problem associated with this new policy is that the previous way of conducting face-to-face visits will cease, thereby limiting the way family members and friends have access to their loved ones. Christians, on the other hand, have long advocated the teaching of Christ that has encouraged the visitation of those imprisoned, “I was in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36). As Christians, it is essential that we uplift this important aspect of our ministry. Quite simply, this is a justice issue that calls us to be a voice to those who struggle to be heard.
There should be no qualm with Denton County’s new visitation policy of utilizing technology as a way to bring family and friends together. The issue is that the county should continue to offer, as an option, direct access to those who seek face-to-face contact with their loved ones.
I am asking that you join me in emailing or writing Mr. Will Travis, Sheriff of Denton County, to express your concerns on this matter. His office is responsible for operating the county jails. To reach him by mail his physical address is: 127 North Woodrow Lane, Denton, Texas, 76201-6397. I find that Mr. Travis is a reasonable person who will listen to the concerns of the citizens. The more he hears from the public the more likely he will respond positively to this issue.
Thank you for your attention on this matter.
Together in Christ,