Corrections is a risky business and one that is often overlooked in discussions about the criminal justice system. Every day is a push-pull struggle to strike a balance between inmate welfare and keeping your officers safe.
Visitation in particular – a practice known to reduce recidivism and improve inmate behavior – comes at a cost. Visitors can introduce drugs, weapons, and other contraband into the facility. Transferring inmates to and from visitation areas creates opportunity for conflict. Visitation pulls valuable resources from teams that are already stretched too thin.
So, what can a facility do to lower these costs and risks? One solution that is gaining popularity is Video Visitation.
Less foot traffic in and out of the facility, less risk of contraband getting in (drugs, weapons, cell phones, luxuries, etc.)
Uses Less Staff Resources
Staff shortage is a real problem in corrections, officers previously dedicated to visitation can be reassigned to other areas
Non-Taxpayer Revenue Source
A percentage of fees goes to the institution
Keeps Officers Safer
Less movement and physical interaction with inmates means less opportunity for something to go wrong
Of course, video visitation isn’t quite a silver bullet. Some systems have been criticized for their cost, quality, and contract terms. But while the debate between those providers, visitors, and facilities drags on, HomeWAV is rising above and offering a better solution. Through patented technology and a commitment to convenience and usability, HomeWAV maintains a singular position in the remote visitation industry.
When a person goes to jail, there’s one question that crosses the mind of nearly every friend or family member – how can I help them? One of the best things you can do for an incarcerated friend or family member is visit them.
• Visiting keeps inmates connected with positive influences and motivations.
• Visiting improves morale and reminds the inmate that someone cares about them.
• Visiting provides time to start planning for what they will do after their sentence is up.
Most importantly though, visitation has been shown to reduce the likelihood that an inmate will return to jail once they are released. A four-year study completed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections in 2011 concluded that inmate visitation resulted in reductions in recidivism; a 13% reduction for a felony re-conviction and a 25% reduction for re-incarceration for a technical violation revocation.
Sometimes, though, visiting is hard to do. Maybe it’s distance. Maybe it’s time. Maybe it’s worry about bringing children into the environment or feeling unsafe yourself. These reasons are all perfectly valid, but that doesn’t help much, does it? In the end you’re still stuck at home, feeling bad for not visiting.
Not you, though. You are one of the lucky ones. You have HomeWAV video visitations. You can connect with your incarcerated friend or family member from the comfort of your home (or anywhere with our on-the-go mobile apps).
What are you waiting for? Add some Talk to Me time to your account and make a connection that makes a difference today!