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October 16, 2012

New report examines value of video visitation for kids of incarcerated

I received news via my electronic in-box of an intriguing new report from The Sentencing Project.  Here is how the e-mail describes the report (with a link within):

On any given day, approximately 2.6 million children have a parent in jail or prison because of the harsh criminal justice policies that have made the United States the world's leading jailer.  A growing number of correctional facilities are moving to video visitation because it can be managed by fewer staff than traditional visitation, reduces the chances of contraband being introduced into facilities, and can potentially generate revenue.

In our new report, Video Visits for Children Whose Parents are Incarcerated: In Whose Best Interest?, Dr. Susan D. Phillips addresses the question of whether video visitation may also provide benefits for children who are separated from their parents by incarceration.  Our conclusion is that it depends on the particular policies and practices of a given institution.

Video visitation holds the most potential for benefiting children if: 

  • It is used as an adjunct to, rather than a replacement for, other modes of communication, particularly contact visits; 
  • Children can visit from their homes or nearby sites; 
  • Facility policies allow for frequent visits; and 
  • Fees are not cost prohibitive.

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The fees „ if any at all „ should be minimal .

Posted by: Anon. #3.14159 | Oct 16, 2012 10:37:14 PM

The fees should be minimal. Profit-taking off of a prisoner's desire to see his children or vice versa is something government simply should not do.

Posted by: federalist | Oct 17, 2012 5:41:03 PM

It is amazing how our justice system panders to the public with minimum sentences, etc. In our field this has proven to NOT be an effective deterrent. In cased like these children, the system continues to take more and more away.

Posted by: Kevin Pitts | Nov 2, 2012 12:56:37 PM

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