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County Jail Uses Video Visitation to Keep Inmates Connected

The jail has implemented two video visitation solutions, one remote and one on-site. On top of letting inmates stay in touch with people who will help them reintegrate upon leaving, the system could help save work hours.

by News Staff, The News-Sentinel / March 12, 2019

(TNS) — Video visitation services are now available to enable more frequent contact between inmates in the 741-bed Allen County, Ind., Jail and their friends and family.

“We chose GTL as our video visitation provider because they offered the range of solutions that we wanted for our facility,” Sheriff David J. Gladieux said in a statement. “As users of their other technologies, including the inmate telephone system and inmate tablets, we are able to integrate the video visitation system quickly and seamlessly.”

The jail has implemented two video visitation solutions. The first solution is remote video visitation, which allows loved ones to use the Internet to schedule and conduct video chats with inmates in a set-up similar to Skype™ or FaceTime®. The second is onsite video visitation, which allows an inmate’s friends and family members to use stations at the jail to video chat with the inmate.

Numerous studies show that inmates have a better chance of being reintegrated into society if they communicate often with their support system.

“GTL is focused on creating opportunities for inmates to stay engaged with their support systems through impactful and frequent connections,” stated Curt Clifton, GTL executive vice president, technology and business solutions. “We are honored to collaborate with Allen County Jail once again on implementing technology that helps improve personal outcomes for inmates.”

Video visitation has expanded rapidly throughout U.S. correctional facilities in recent years, and Gladieux stated that it will “save the taxpayers money by eliminating approximately 5,000 additional officer hours a year that can be reallocated where needed. It will also be more secure, since we are not moving inmates and visitors thorough the confinement facility.”

©2019 The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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