by Jason Pederson
LONOKE (KATV) — Technology has changed many of the things we do, and it’s starting to change the way people in jail stay in touch with friends and family.
Tonight we have a look at the pros…and cons…of video visitation.
Other than getting out, visitation is the one thing that jail inmates look forward to the most.
And in some jails, the face of visitation is changing.
Shawn Sutton’s sister is in jail. So is Brandy Goodman’s brother.
From now on if they want to visit with their locked up loved ones, they are going to need a credit card.
“If you don’t have a credit card for fifty cents a minute or the Internet…what are we supposed to do?” asks Sutton. “Just not see ’em? I mean that’s just not right.”
by Ann Thompson
Visiting an inmate at the Warren County Jail is now as easy as logging onto your computer.
The Sheriff’s Department has contracted with the HomeWAV system to begin online inmate video visitation. “Video visitation is the wave of the future for correctional facilities,” Sheriff Larry Sims said, “and Warren County is proud to offer it.”
Montgomery County already uses HomeWAV and Campbell County does the same thing with another system.
The new Warren County system expands visitation. Inmates are now available from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Microsoft’s Surface tablets are used on NFL sidelines, but that’s not the only place. Microsoft’s Surface tablets are not only used on NFL sidelines, but also in jail too. Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. As part of HomeWAV’s unique visitation system that utilizes Internet-based video calling using a Surface tablet, inmates in jail facilities that utilize the high-tech visitation system can enjoy a more personal phone call with family members.
Likely using a Surface Pro 1 or Surface Pro 2, this visitation system features a custom application that allows inmates to make video calls to family members. First spotted by our friends at Neowin, a Surface tablet is mounted inside a large box secured to the wall. Inmates can then call their family members, after the family members have deposited money into the HomeWAV account.
by Paige Hill
At no cost to taxpayers, the Logan County jail is revolutionizing inmate visitation with technology.
According to deputies the difference in morale and attitudes of notoriously trouble making inmates could be night and day.
Usually inmates get a short five minutes in person of visitation once a week. Even correctional officers say that’s not enough time.
With this new system deputies think these inmates get to see what the crime they’ve committed is making them miss at home.
by Peggy Breit
A new system for inmate visits and phone calls at the Wyandotte County Jail is increasing security, improving morale and it’s not costing taxpayers anything.
The new smartphone hookup called HomeWAV launched in early June. It allows inmates and families to have face-to-face connections without having to schedule visits.
Inmate Elliot London said it’s already a hit.
“It’s a good way to stay connected from home,” he said.
It’s also better for the detention center. Deputies still monitor conversations and can stop a call with the push of a button. Now, inmates can make calls out any time of the day or night.