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Video Visiting

Visits from family members, children and other sources of support can be a lifeline in the lives of incarcerated men and women. Yet, visiting takes on added dimensions with the challenges imposed by geographical distance between facilities and visitors, cost implications for transportation, lodging, childcare, lost wages and the roadblocks often presented from institutional security procedures. Emerging research speaks to the importance of building and maintaining healthy family and community connections for men and women, during their period of incarceration as well as for planning and implementing the reentry process. The advent of video visiting has enhanced traditional methods of building and sustaining those critical connections for incarcerated individual, it is also an industry which is expanding exponentially. Little replaces the opportunities for families to see one another in person, but in those situations where that is not possible, video visiting is a viable option.

This guide - Video Visiting in Corrections: Benefits, Limitations, and Implementation Considerations:

  • Addresses the importance of visitation, introduces video visiting as a resource, ideally in concert with in-person visitation,
  • Discusses implementation of video visiting,
  • Addresses the importance of setting up a process and outcome evaluation of visiting programs and
  • Provides a set of resources for agencies interested in introducing or enhancing their current visiting capacity.

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Posted Mon, Jan 12 2015 8:09 AM by Susan Powell

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