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.
If your correctional facility is interested in a cost effective solution for visitation that produces revenue on day one, contact us at HomeWav today.Read More...
Sometimes being the leader in something is not always a good thing. As is the case with the United States being the world’s leader in incarceration. There are over 2.2 million people in our nation’s prisons and jails. Over the last 40 years, this is a staggering increase of 500%.Read More...
The chaos of visitation time is a security risk for staff and visiting family and friends. In some more populated facilities, long lines make for an unpleasant experience for visitors. For many correctional facilities expanding visitation times are just not an option as those need to be closely controlled by staff and it’s best to limit those as much as possible. (more…)Read More...
As a correctional facility, what steps do you take in order to make sure contraband doesn’t enter the facility? Do you do a thorough pat down of visitors? Have x-ray scanners or metal detectors? Those are good first steps but what if you could eliminate contraband from getting in the hands of inmates completely? (more…)Read More...
For many correctional facilities, transporting inmates out of their cell to visitation areas can be a non-stop task. It can also be a great labor expense in terms of hours and cost. While it’s great that families and friends visit the inmate from time to time, the risk and cost of moving the inmate from their cell to the visitation area can add up quickly. (more…)Read More...
One of the most efficient and effective ways to reduce recidivism amongst inmates is with video visitation. Often times, once an inmate is released the likelihood of them re-offending is fairly high. The Minnesota Department of Corrections found that if family or friends visited the inmate just once that it reduced recidivism by 13% for new crimes and 25% for technical violations.Read More...
MAYES COUNTY, Oklahoma – Visiting a prisoner at the Mayes County jail will soon be a high-tech experience. Through a partnership with its telephone company, the sheriff could get video equipment installed for free.
Right now it takes about two officers off the floor to run jail visitation, but once the monitors are fully operational, the officers will be free, therefore, making it safer for inmates and their families.
Technology has a way of connecting people wherever they are, and a special kind of video technology will soon connect Mayes County jail inmates to the outside world.Read More...
DANVILLE — Set up similar to Skype, inmates at the Hendricks County Jail now use video visitation to communicate with their loved ones.
At a recent county commissioners’ meeting, Sheriff Brett Clark demonstrated the system to the commissioners by using a jail employee to call into the government center so they could see the program live.
The jail has had a video visitation system for some years, Clark said, but at the end of 2015, they switched to HomeWav, a site for web access visitation for correctional facilities.
“That system started failing and the contract was up so we started looking around to some different options,” he said. “It’s a lot more modern, like Facetime or Skype is what people would be most familiar with. It has really been a good thing for us.”
The HomeWav system was implemented in December 2015. So far this year, more than 5,100 calls have been made using it. The month of April alone had around 900. January, the first full month of service, had nearly 950 calls.Read More...
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.”