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.