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Voice Biometrics Enhance Prison Calling Security

Written by James C. Lowery

Photograph By: Mikeal Karlsson/Alamy

 

Tracking and monitoring inmates within a prison or jail is a constant challenge, especially when it comes to overseeing their communication with the public.  Although frequent communication with an inmate’s support group is encouraged in order to improve the probability of successful community re-entry, there is still a large group of inmates that continue to commit crimes by utilizing the inmate telephones.  The safety of the community, correctional officers and the inmate population is at stake, and it is up to inmate communications providers to develop effective solutions to meet these continuing challenges.

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Ultra Modern Remote Video Visitation Added to Jackson County Jail

Written by James C. Lowery


Jackson County, OR, March 17, 2014 – Jackson County Sheriff's Office early last week that it will work in conjunction with Legacy Inmate Communications to deploy a remote video visitation system at the Jackson County Jail. It is the mission of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to provide professional, ethical, and responsive law enforcement services, while providing innovative programs to improve its community.  Jackson County is confident that this online video visitation program will make visiting detained individuals easier and more accessible for friends and family.

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Affordable Care Act’s Expansion of Medicaid Brings Vital Healthcare to Millions of Inmates

Written by Cyrus Heravi

 

Prisons across the U.S. are signing up inmates for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, transferring a substantial amount of inmate healthcare costs to the federal government.

 

The Affordable Care Act is allowing states to extend Medicaid coverage to single and childless adults, a large part of the inmate population. This means that standard inmate care is still provided and paid for by the states, but hospital stays beyond 24 hours will be covered by Medicaid for signed up inmates.

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Remote Video Visitation with Inmates has a Promising Future


Written by James C. Lowery

 

An Advanced Solution for Inmate Visitation

 

Onsite video visitation systems for communicating with inmates have been available since 1995 using Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV). But recent strides in technology and service has brought video visitation into the 21st century.  Online video visitation allows inmates’ family and friends to visit inmates via personal, secure Internet video conferencing from the comfort of their homes.  The service is similar to video conferencing programs people use every day, but it is specially designed for the correctional environment, with secure video monitoring, pre-scheduled visit time allocations and the ability for the Detention Facility to easily store, recall and review individual visits. Legacy recently installed its newly minted remote video visitation system at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in New Mexico.

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FCC Ruling Aims to Make Interstate Calls More Affordable for Friends and Family of Inmates

Written by Cyrus Heravi

 

A recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling 13-113 places a 21 cent per minute limit on interstate prepaid calls and a 25 cent per minute on interstate collect calls.

 

FCC Rule 13-113 Background

                                                                                                                           

Like most industries today, the inmate communications industry is experiencing a shift in business as usual. The days of exorbitantly high calling rates and rejected calls to friends and family who cannot afford a simple phone conversation­­— these days are coming to an end. While we at Legacy believe that affordable rates for friends and family is essential to inmate rehabilitation and a healthier community, the new FCC ruling does present new challenges for the corrections industry and the vendors who provide secure communication services.

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Doña Ana County Detention Center Adds Innovative Remote Video Visitation


Written by Cyrus Heravi

Image By Dona Ana County 


Dona Ana, NM, February 11, 2014 – The Doña Ana County Detention Center announced that the facility will work in conjunction with Legacy Inmate Communications to introduce a remote video visitation system at the Detention Center.  This service will make visiting detained individuals easier and more accessible for friends and family.  Legacy is a nationwide provider of Inmate Communication Services and has been providing the Detention Center with inmate telephone service and on-site video visitation services since December 2013.

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