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Article • March 31, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Video Calling Services vs. In-person Visitation by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Video calling* is gaining a significant foothold in local jails. The technology is seen both as less costly than in-person visitation and a potential profit generator for jailers. But it can also have a detrimental impact on prisoners’ ...
Publication • March 29, 2017
HRDC letter in support of Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act - March 2017 Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS March 29, 2017 SENT VIA EMAIL ONLY Senator Cory A. Booker United States Senate 359 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 RE: Support for the Dignity for ...
McBride v. MDOC, MI, Class Action Complaint, Deaf Inmate Communication, 2015 2:15-cv-11222-SFC-DRG Doc # 1 Filed 03/31/15 Pg 1 of 51 Pg ID 1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN MARY ANN MCBRIDE; BRIAN STANLEY WITTMAN; and RALPH WILLIAMS, on behalf of themselves and ...
Face-to-Face Family Visits Return to Some Jails by By Mindy Fetterman, Stateline The jailhouse scene from 2014 remains vivid in Rebecca Shlafer’s mind. A 3-year-old girl came to the Washington County Jail in Stillwater, Minnesota, to see her dad. “She ran down the hall, jumped up in a chair and ...
Video Visitation Companies Try to Stop In-Person Visitation at Texas Jails by Matthew Clarke In one of the latest attempts to squeeze money out of those least able to afford it, companies that specialize in providing phone and video visitation services to prisoners in Texas jails on a local monopolistic ...
No Way to Call Home: Incarcerated Deaf People Are Locked in a Prison Inside a Prison by By Mike Ludwig, Truthout This story is the result of a nine-month investigation and part one of a multimedia series on deaf prisoners, as part of a reporting collaboration with the Making Contact radio program. ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Washoe County, Nevada Institutes Web-Based Jail Visits for a Fee by Matthew Clarke On August 1, 2010, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office began a pilot program of web-based jail visitation. Two years later, the web-based visitation had grown to encompass about two-fifths of all visits. In 2010, a local company ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Travis County (Texas) Jail Initiates Video Visitation for a Fee by Matthew Clarke Travis County intends to be one of the first places in Texas that allows video visitation for jail prisoners. Under an agreement with Securus Technologies, Inc. approved by the county commissioners on October 30, 2012, the county ...
Article • August 9, 2016
VAC Greed Brings Oregon Prisoners Lower Rates, MP3s, Email & Video Visits by An overnight spike in prisoner phone rates compelled Oregon prison officials to switch to a new prisoner phone service provider on July 1, 2012. Most prisoners consider the new company's lower rates and enhanced services a major ...
The End of Prison Visitation by by Jack Smith IV, Mic A new system called “video visitation” is replacing in-person jail visits with glitchy, expensive Skype-like video calls. It’s inhumane, dystopian and actually increases in-prison violence – but god, it makes money. Losing Connection The only way Lauren Johnson could see ...
Buford v. IN DOC, IN, Complaint, family member banned from J-Pay video social media, 2015 Case 1:15-cv-00157-SEB-TAB Document 1 Filed 02/05/15 Page 1 of 7 PageID #: 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION VALERIE BUFORD, Plaintiff, v. COMMISSIONER, INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION, in his official ...
Article • March 31, 2016
Bids for Florida DOC Video Visitation Technology Result in Lawsuit by On March 7, 2014, the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) released a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a five-year contract with a vendor to install telecommunications services in its prisons. Proposals were submitted by Century Link to Public Communications, ...
Publication • March 8, 2016
Filed under: Video Visitation, Family
A New Role for Technology - Implementing Video Visitation in Prison, Vera, 2016 INSTITUTE OF .JUSTICE A New Role for Technology? Implementing Video Visitation in Prison FEBRUARY 2016 Leon Digard • Margaret diZerega • Allon Yaroni • Joshua Rinaldi Bureau chiefs, program coordinators, staff from DOC budget departments, and research ...
Article • February 29, 2016
Prison Phone Companies Seek New Revenue Source in Electronic Messaging by Mike Ludwig, Truthout Would you still use email if every message had a word limit and was automatically declared to be the property of your email provider? What if every email cost $1 to send and the receiver could ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright One downside of publishing a magazine like Prison Legal News for 26 years is that in some respects we are not covering a one-off or isolated story but rather are reporting an ongoing and developing issue. This month’s cover story about the epic abuse, ...
Publication • February 11, 2016
Screening Out Family Time, Prison Policy Initiative, 2015 PRISON POLICY INITIATIVE AC KNOWLEDGMENTS This report was made possible by the passion of hundreds of people for a fair communications system. This report was supported by the Returning Home Foundation, by the individual donors who invest in our work so that ...
Publication • February 11, 2016
Filed under: Video Visitation, Family
Video Visiting in Corrections - Benefits, Limitation, and Implementation Considerations - Part 2 Families express dissat isfact ion when in-person visit s are discont inued Home-based video visit ing has benefit s and limit at ions Video visit ing benefit s t he t echnology indust ry Pot ent ial ...
Publication • February 11, 2016
Video Visiting in Corrections, DOJ NIC, 2014 U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections VIDEO VISITING IN CORRECTIONS: BENEFITS1 LIMITATIONS1 AND IMPLEMENTATION CONSIDERATIONS :i1NIC - - - - - - - - - - - - - National Institute of Corrections Acting Director Chief, Community Services Division Project Manager ...
Publication • February 11, 2016
Video Visiting in Corrections 2, DOJ NIC, 2014 Appendix 18: Video Visiting with Children Visiting is crucial for most children and incarcerated parents, but only 42% of parents in state facilities and 55% of parents in federal facilities received in-person visits with their adult or minor children from 1997-2004."1n 2000, ...
Article • August 1, 2015 • from PLN August, 2015
Inside the Shadowy Business of Prison Phone Calls by Eric Markowitz Inside the Shadowy Business of Prison Phone Calls An IBTimes investigation into the secretive world of selling phone calls to prisoners and their families. by Eric Markowitz Joanne Jones, an occupational therapist from Warwick, Rhode Island, has made an ...