Minnesota women’s prison to drop ‘no-touch’ policy

Published 7:32 am Tuesday, July 2, 2019

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — A Minnesota women’s prison is discontinuing its policy that barred inmates from shaking hands or giving high-fives.

The Shakopee woman’s prison has banned unsanctioned contact between inmates for the past eight years.

Critics have called the prison’s “no-touch” policy cruel and unconstitutional.

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Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schell said Friday that, “It wasn’t a healthy policy.” Schell said he believes the upcoming change will foster a “more humane environment.”