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Inmate Call Regulation Continues to Evolve

Written by: Curtis A Brown

Photograph by: Credit Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Times

 

FCC 13-113 Overview

 

On August 9, 2013 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a new rule, FCC 13-113, which imposes a strict inmate interstate call rate cap.  The new rule, which will affect only calls made from one state to another, requires inmate communication providers to charge no more than $0.21 per minute for interstate prepaid calling and $0.25 per minute for interstate collect calling.  It also suggests that further regulation may be still to come, including ancillary charges as well as video visitation services.  Furthermore, the FCC strongly recommends that the states themselves adopt new regulation capping inmate call rates.  Many of our clients have asked if further regulation is on the horizon and what they can expect in the coming months.

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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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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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