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Document 029678
Screening Out Family Time: The For-Profit Video Visitation Industry in Prisons and Jails
By Rabuy, Bernadette; Wagner, Peter. Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) (Northampton, MA).
This is the most comprehensive website you will find about the for-profit video visitation industry. It is essential reading for anyone considering using a for-profit video visitation system in their correctional facility. "Video technology like Skype or FaceTime can be a great way to stay together for people who are far apart. It is not the same as being there in person, but it is better than a phone call or sending a letter. Given that there are 2.2 million people who are incarcerated, often m... Read More
38 pages
Document 031260
Separation by Bars and Miles: Visitation in State Prisons
By Rabuy, Bernadette; Kopf, Daniel. Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) (Northampton, MA).
"Almost by definition, incarceration separates individuals from their families, but for decades this country has also placed unnecessary burdens on the family members left behind. Certainly in practice and perhaps by design, prisons are lonely places. Analyzing little-used government data, we find that visits are the exception rather than the rule. Less than a third of people in state prisons receive a visit from a loved one in a typical month … Despite the breadth of research showing that visit... Read More

Document 029609
Video Visiting in Corrections: Benefits, Limitations, and Implementing Considerations
By Hollihan, Allison; Portlock, Michelle. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC); NIC-12C506GKM5. Osborne Association (Bronx NY); National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Community Corrections Division (Washington, DC).
"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 b... Read More
105 pages
Document 028105
The Impact of Family Visitation on Incarcerated Youth's Behavior and School Performance: Findings from the Families as Partners Project
By Agudelo, Sandra Villalobos. Vera Institute of Justice (New York, NY).
The relationships between family visitation and an incarcerated youth's behavior and performance in school are examined. The project studied was Families as Partners, a collaboration between the Vera Institute and Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS). Sections of this brief include: introduction; background about the collaboration; data and methodology for this study; findings regarding the impact of visitation on behavior and school performance—youth characteristics, family contact frequency... Read More
6 pages
Document 027266
The Impact of Family Visitation on Incarcerated Youth’s Behavior and School Performance: Findings from the Families as Partners Project
By Agudelo, Sandra Villalobos. Vera Institute of Justice. Family Justice Program (New York, NY).
Anyone involved with programming for incarcerated youth should read this report. It can be used to bolster ones attempt to develop family visitation programs in your agency. The positive impact of family visitation on the behavior and school performance of incarcerated youth is examined. The number of behavioral incidents decreased as visits increased. School performance for those who had frequent visits was 4.6 points higher than those youth who were not visited. “Despite the benefits of family... Read More
6 pages
Document 024357
Constituent Services Informational Handbook
Arizona Dept. of Corrections. Constituent Services Office (Phoenix, AZ).
“This handbook is provided as a general resource to the public’ (p.3). This is a good example of a guide to basic policies for families and the press. Sections include: introduction; acronyms; inmate management; programs and services (including the “Visitor Checklist”); and release and community supervision.... Read More
32 p.
Document 026127
The Effects of Prison Visitation on Offender Recidivism
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections (St. Paul, MN).
The influence visitation has on the recidivism of visited prisoners is examined. Sections of this report include: research summary; introduction; prison visitation policies; reentry and social support; prison visitation research; methodology; results for descriptive statistics, impact of visitation on time to first felony reconviction, impact of visitation on time to first revocation, and impact of inmate-visitor relationship on time to first reconviction; conclusion; and implications for correc... Read More
41 pages
Document 027895
Prison Video Conferencing
By Doyle, Patrick; Fordy, Camille; Haight, Aaron. University of Vermont. Vermont Legislative Research Service (Burlington, VT).
“With the costs of running the nation’s correctional systems and overcrowding at an all-time high, correctional facilities are looking for new and better ways to manage the needs of inmates while maximizing their available resources. Implementing video conferencing systems in correctional institutions may be a viable means of replacing or supplementing traditional visitation occurring within a facility. Video conferencing technology can also be used to remotely conduct medical consultations, and... Read More
6 pages
Document 023575
Do No Harm: An Analysis of the Legal and Social Consequences of Child Visitation Determinations for Incarcerated Perpetrators of Extreme Acts of Violence Against Women
By Conner, Dana Harrington.
The right of a male batterer to visit his child(ren) is discussed. Sections of this paper include: introduction; defining the issues; the problem of prison visitation determinations; rights versus interests; in search of a standard -- the court's choice, parent and child relations, and the nature of the crime; factors for considerations in prison visitation cases -- legal presumption, best interest, trauma to the child(ren), and supervision and transportation; the response of the community; and... Read More
81 p.
Document 003334
Policies Regarding Searches of Visitors: A Survey
By Scholes, Patricia. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Longmont, CO); LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO).
Policies of six western prison facilities and one department of corrections regarding searches of visitors are briefly reported.... Read More
2 p.
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