As the Durham County Jail Plans to Roll Out Video Visitation, Activists Don’t Trust the Sheriff’s Intentions | Durham County | Indy Week

Critics, however, contend that the program is a thinly veiled move to eliminate in-person visits altogether and profit from incarceration by eventually charging visitors to use the service.

“What the sheriff is asking us to believe is just ridiculous,” says Greg Williams, with the Inside-Outside Alliance.

Video – How We are Priming Some Kids for Prison

In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”