Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday August 07, 2012

Jails Moving To Video Visitations?

This is one area that you would think technology would be a benefit to both the jail and the relatives of the inmates. As long as it isn't costing taxpayers a bunch of money, I think this is a win-win.

The District of Columbia made the switch on July 25 to video visitation, a growing trend in the corrections field. To proponents, the video systems provide a more convenient, safer, thriftier alternative to in-person visits. Some jurisdictions even make money, by charging for the video visits. Critics, including prisoner advocates and corrections officers concerned with how prisoners fare once they are released, fear that the video visits allow less meaningful contact with family and could hurt inmates’ morale.