The ability for inmates to visit with family and friends through video is now a reality thanks to Securus Technologies. Known as Securus Video Visitation, this technology allows inmates to visually communicate and visit with family members, friends, attorneys and all other visitors by using their mobile phone. This gives inmates who may not have seen their children for extended periods, the opportunity to see, hear and interact through video communication. Having this ability to share and experience life’s moments can bring new meaning to holidays and other special occasions like never before. With easy to use interface software, scheduling visits can be done from any mobile device or PC connected to the internet. The scheduling process involves the user to submit their information and photo identification electronically, which is than evaluated for system access. This platform also allows prison staff the ability to gauge and determine, which visitors to allow or restrict based on background information. In addition, integrated into the scheduling software is a time management format that ensures visits are only scheduled during available times.
One primary advantage of remote visitation is having the ability to live monitor and record visits. Obtaining this information gives officials greater insight on behavior and other issues that may arise. Another benefit of video visitation is preventing or minimizing contraband from coming into a facility. Also besides providing a safe and secure method of visitation, family members avoid from being searched and waiting in uncomfortable lobby situations. There are so many advantages to remote video visitation from all perspectives, that this new technology is certain to become the standard for all correctional facilities in the future.