Video Visiting in Corrections-National Institute of Corrections

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Research confirms that incarcerated individuals, corrections, families, and communities all benefit when incarcerated individuals can communicate with and receive visits from family and supportive community members. Video visiting is an additional form of communication that can build and strengthen social support systems of the incarcerated. This relatively new form of communication builds upon the success of video conferencing used for court appearances, and attorney-client communication. It’s also being used to bring professionals together with those incarcerated to address pressing legal and medical issues. Video visiting and conferencing may also offer added benefits in planning for reentry, supplementing healthcare delivery, and facilitating cross-systems collaborations.

Those interviewed include Maureen Buell, Correctional Program Specialist for the National Institute of Corrections and Allison Hollihan, a licensed mental health counselor and Program Manager for the New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated parents at the Osborne Association. The Osborne Association wrote, “Video Visiting in Corrections: Benefits, Limitations, and Implementation Considerations,” for the National Institute of Corrections.

The purpose of this guide is to inform the development of video visiting programs within a correctional setting. “Video visiting” is real-time interactive video communication which uses video conferencing technology or virtual software programs, such as Skype. It is an increasingly popular form of communication between separated family members in settings outside of corrections. The rapid expansion of video visiting in jails and prisons over the past few years suggests that video visiting may become very common in corrections in the near future.

“Video Visiting in Corrections: Benefits, Limitations, and Implementation Considerations,” is available from the National Institute of Corrections at http://nicic.gov/library/029609.

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The program was produced by Donna Ledbetter, Director’s Office, National Institute of Corrections.

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