CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) – Mississippi County jail officials installed some new equipment in the jail to help with the safety of inmates and to help connect them with family easier.
They installed them roughly a year ago and said it’s working better for everyone.
They upgraded several features including cameras, visitation services and their control center.
One of their upgrades is visitation for the inmates called HomeWAV. HomeWAV provides video visitation, educational software and form processing, traditional voice calls and text messages.
This service is initiated by inmates with wall mounted kiosks that are accessible for the inmates in their jail pods.
Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office Captain Barry Morgan said the reason they decided to go with this new kiosk HomeWAV system is to digitize grievances, medical requests, ordering commissary for the inmates and more.
Morgan also stated this has helped reduce inmate stress in being able to see their family more frequent with video visitations at any time during the day.
When looking at video visitation technology, it can be easy for detention facilities to focus on organizational benefits like cutting costs, reducing staff burden, and increasing security. As enticing as they are, these benefits only tell part of the story of why video visitation is such a game-changer. The rest of the story is told on the other side of the fence. It’s about the positive effect visitation (and video visitation in particular) can have on inmates.
• Visiting keeps inmates connected with positive influences and motivations.
• Visiting improves morale and reminds the inmate that someone cares about them.
• Visiting allows inmates to stay in contact with their legal counsel and health professionals.
• Visiting provides time to start planning for what they will do after their sentence is up.
That last one is especially important because it relates to an even more substantial benefit, one that is arguably the main point of corrections in the first place: to rehabilitate inmates into law-abiding members of society. 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.
An incarcerated individual who gets one visit in prison is 13% less likely commit a crime after they’re released.
Sometimes, though, in-person visits are hard to manage. For visitors, it might be distance or physical limitations, lack of time, or even fear of bringing children into the correctional environment or feeling unsafe themselves. For facilities, bottom-line concerns like cost and security risks can be prohibitive.
Video visitation technology helps facilities and inmates reap the positive benefits of visitation while lowering those barriers. Inmates still get face-to-face interaction with friends, loved ones, and legal/health professionals. Facilities spend less time and money while also improving security. Video is an ideal solution to everyone’s visitation needs.
The HomeWAV video visitation system goes even further by including features that make video visits even easier on everyone involved.
An attorney’s time is precious, so if they’re able to speak to their client from the convenience of their office and not have to physically go to the jail, it would be a great thing. With video visitation, attorneys can do just that. At HomeWAV, we made it simple for attorneys and inmates to schedule their meeting online and all sessions are recorded and came be used in the court room.
With video visitation, it cuts down the need for correctional officers and administrative staff to assist which frees them up for other responsibilities. No jail staff is needed to transfer the inmate to a visitation room and no jail staff is needed to search the attorney when entering the facility since this is a video visitation.
Many times, an inmate may be moved to another facility making it a long drive for the attorney to meet up and discuss their case together. Video visitation makes this much easier for both parties.
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