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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.”
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.