A new technology has entered the jail and prison system that makes visitation between prisoners and friends and family a much easier situation. Virtual visitation systems are now being implemented.
These virtual visitation systems are being incorporated into the design of new prison and jail facilities. The inmate visitation system is seen as a way to cut down on the cost of construction, as well as the cost of facility staffing. A virtual visitation system also allows inmates to receive more visits. A virtual visitation system will also reduce the amount of contraband that may enter a jail or prison facility.
The current prison population in the United States, as of May 2013, is 218,171. With a virtual visitation system in place, families of these inmates will have a more convenient way to visit. Video visitation systems can allow families to visit inmates from their own homes. They do not have to incur the expense or time required to travel to the incarceration facility.
Virtual visitation systems for prisons and jails use the same technology as digital videoconferencing equipment that is used by businesses. This videoconferencing technology has been expanded to other applications, such a telemedicine, and distance learning. Courts are also using systems similar to a virtual visitation system for video arraignments and video pleas.
Because this is a new, cutting edge technology, it may be some time before the majority of jail and prison facilities implement virtual visitation systems. But with all the positive factors that these systems present, including making sure that prison visitation rights are met, it makes sense that they will soon be in use on a regular basis.
If you would like to know if your local prison facilities are considering implementing a virtual visitation system, all it will take is a simple phone call to the jail or prison administration. You may also be able to tell them about this system and how it can help their jail visitation policies