National Survey Reveals Correctional Technology Priorities

Dallas-headquartered Securus Technologies — a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring — last week announced the results of a national survey conducted at the company’s state-of-the-art, $1.5 million Technology Center.

Texas Lawmakers Support More In-Person Inmate Visitation

Texas state lawmakers in both the House and Senate voted on Monday in support of House Bill 549, requiring that county jails provide inmates with greater access to in-person visitation. The bill, brought by Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) will require county jails to make at least two, 20-minute, in-person visits available to inmates each week.

Report Finds Prison Video Visitation Policies Can Benefit Children

The jail in Washington, D.C., recently began to allow family members to visit inmates by video conference.

CTA Summit Allows for Technological Dialogue

The Corrections Technology Association held its 13th annual summit with sessions titled “Innovative Cross-Jurisdictional Data Sharing,” “Implementation Initiatives/Lessons Learned,” and “Solving Correctional Problems with Innovative Technologies.”

Supporting Reentry through Video Visitation

By Alex and Dorothy Fox
A recent report by the Pew Research Center found that recidivism rates have remained largely stable, based on a comparison of inmates released from prison in 1999 and 2004. This is a discouraging statistic, given that reducing recidivism is integral to corrections’ core mission to protect the public.

Video Visitation: Evolving Revenue Streams

By Timothy J. Eickhoff
As correctional facilities continue to deal with locked-down budgets, converting conventional, face-to-face visitation to remote, video visitation has emerged as a way to reduce operational costs.

Conventional vs. Remote Visitation: Hybrid Model Delivers Tailored Solution

By Timothy Eickhoff
Although video visitation has become commonplace in correctional facilities during the last decade, administrators and agencies are beginning to understand that the application of evolving technology is no longer an all-or-nothing choice between conventional face-to-face and remote video visitation models.

Video Visitation: Increased Security, Reduced Costs

By Robert V. Bosco, CPP, HDR Security Operations Inc.
Inmate visitation responsibilities can represent a significant percentage of operating costs, particularly in county jails where the close proximity of relatives and friends lends itself to the increased frequency of visitation.