Detention Facilities

  • Sheriff’s Office debuts new inmate video visitation program

    Guthrie News Page
    by Chris Evans

    The Logan County’s Sheriff’s Office launched a new inmate video visitation program on Wednesday. Authorities believe the system will improve prisoner morale and will be an incentive for good behavior.

    Inmate VideoThe 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. The setup is similar to Skype and Face Time.

    The new visitation system will be available 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

    The Sheriff’s Office installed eight 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.
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  • Jail adds video visitation program

    Wyandotte Daily
    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.
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  • Will prison video chat one day replace family visits?

    BBC News

    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.

    Produced by Ted Metzger; filmed by Allen McGreevy; edited by Bill McKenna

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  • Jefferson County becomes 3rd in state to implement video-based visits for inmates

    The Republic

    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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  • New System Allows Inmates To Video Chat With Family

    News Channel 5
    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.
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