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Inmate advocates push for in-person visitation

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Corrections officials cite coronavirus in issuing restrictions - News 11's Gianella Ghiglino reports

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA,KECY) - Due to COVID in-person visitations have been halted in California prisons and Jails.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) says in-person visiting remains canceled statewide until further notice as part of the department’s COVID-19 response.

“If Staff are able to go in and out of the facility every single day there should be no reason families cannot do the same,”  said Diana Cruz, Pride in Truth Board Member.

Cruz says in person visitation can be done safely and it would help inmates cope with the stress of being incarcerated during a global pandemic.

(CDCR) is launching a video visitation program beginning November 28th. Under the new system, each inmate will have the opportunity for a free 30-minute video visit every 30 days. Visits will take place on weekends and holidays, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Friday on the Evening Edition, News 11's Gianella Ghiglino will explores both sides of the issue.

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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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