Professor Daniel Hatcher
Professor Daniel Hatcher is quoted in an Atlantic article, “When Prisoners Are a ‘Revenue Opportunity'” (Aug. 10).
Discussing jails and prisons that use “video visitation” technology provided by private contractors — a service that, according to the article, can cost prisoners up to $1 per minute, plus extra fees — Hatcher said: “Video visitation is a link in the whole system that sees inmates as a revenue opportunity.”
Added Hatcher: “It’s part of a larger system that sees the broader vulnerable family as a revenue opportunity, too.”
Hatcher, a co-director of the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic, is the author of The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens (NYU Press, 2016).