Story from Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department
Sheriff Donald Ash announced today that the Wyandotte County Detention Center is launching a new inmate video visitation program.
Currently in operation, the new HomeWAV system will allow family members and friends to schedule and conduct video visits with jail inmates using any suitable computer connected to the Internet, a spokesman said. The new visitation system will be available 24 hours a day seven days a week.
“Video visitation is the wave of the future for correctional facility visiting,” Ash said.
The Wyandotte County Detention Center has installed nine HomeWAV visitation stations—consisting of a telephone handset, keypad, webcam, PC, and video monitor—in day rooms for the inmates. The new visitation system gives the jail complete control of visits at all times with live monitoring, recording of all calls, and database access to visitation records.
We’ve all heard about making a phone call from jail, but what about a video call? Similar to Skype, video visitation allows inmates to see their friends and family while they talk.
Prisons and jails in the United States are increasingly adopting the technology, but there are significant concerns about the cost to inmates’ families and fears video chat will eventually lead to the elimination of in-person visits.
The BBC’s Laura Trevelyan travelled to Portsmouth, Virginia to see how it works.
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PINE BLUFF, Arkansas — Jefferson County has become the third county in Arkansas to implement video-based visitation for county jail inmates.
The Jefferson County program, called HomeWAV, is similar to webcam-based programs like Skype. However, HomeWAV charges 50 cents for each minute an inmate is logged on, and officials use that money to pay for the program.
Yhe video-visit program is now in place in Jefferson, Miller and White counties. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/1hRTF54) Monday. In Jefferson County, the visitation program is set up in day rooms for the inmates. The rooms include a telephone handset, keypad, webcam, personal computer and video monitor.
Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson called the system the “wave of the future for correctional facility communication.”
“Visiting a loved one in an institutional environment, with the inherent security requirements, can be an unpleasant experience for anyone, especially children,” Robinson said. “With this new system, family members are spared the expense, inconvenience and emotional distress of coming into the jail to visit.”
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by Adam Ghassemi
GALLATIN, Tenn. – Malcolm Branham is an inmate in the Sumner County Jail. He’s been in custody for eight months facing drug charges and waiting on his court day.
“You get lonely up here, you know,” he said.
Recently the days seem to be going by faster thanks to a new device just steps from his cell. Branham gets to video chat with his fiancé on a system called HomeWav for up to 20 minutes at a time.
It works like Skype or FaceTime, but everything they say is recorded and monitored. The person the inmate calls can see them on a laptop, tablet or smartphone from anywhere.
Branham says they’ve even used it to go shopping.
“Like if she sees something she likes and wants to know my opinion on it she takes the iPhone and shows me on the Skype and says what do you think about this?,” he said.
It may seem like an incredible luxury, but there’s a thought behind it. Corrections officials say inmates having access to their own support groups could keep them from coming back.
Published 11/11/2013 on ArkansasMatters.com
PINE BLUFF, AR – Visiting people held in jail in Jefferson County can now be done over the internet.
Sheriff Gerald Robinson has announced that the Jefferson County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center has launched a new inmate video visitation program.
On August 1, the new HomeWAV system was brought to the facilities to allow family members and friends to schedule and conduct video visits with jail inmates using any suitable computer connected to the Internet. The new visitation system will expand available visitation hours, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Video visitation is the wave of the future for correctional facility communication,” Robinson said, “Jefferson County Jail & Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center is proud to offer direct video visitation to our inmates and their loved ones.”
These facilities installed the HomeWAV visitation stations—consisting of a telephone handset, keypad, webcam, PC, and video monitor—in day rooms for the inmates. The new visitation system has given the jail complete control of visits at all times with live monitoring, recording of all calls, and database access to visitation records.
HomeWAV is a video visitation system that allows family and friends to enjoy direct real-time video visits with an inmate from the comfort of their own home. For visitors the process works just like a phone call except that a computer with a webcam and Internet access is required. Robinson said that there is no cost to the jail or to taxpayers for the equipment, or installation, and maintenance is covered at no charge for the life of the contract.