This Mississippi Prison Issued A Notice Forbidding Girlfriends, Fiancés, And Pastors To Visit Inmates

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.

Blake Feldman, an ACLU advocate, first tweeted a photo of the new policy posted in the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. He said it was sent to him by the fiancée of an inmate at the prison.

1. The fiancée of someone incarcerated in MDOC just sent me a heartbreaking message with this attached.

The new policy said visitors were limited to the inmate's immediate family members, defined by the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) to include only spouses, children, stepchildren raised prior to age 12, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, documented stepparents, foster parents, or relatives acting as surrogate parents.

"This excludes ALL friends, pastors, girlfriends, fiancés, cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, in-laws and anyone else that is not listed above," said the notice.

The new policy, announced Wednesday, was to go into effect on Thursday.

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."

"I can't breathe," the inmate's fiancée told Feldman, according to his tweets. "This is so unfair."