Vincent C. Gray Announces Implementation of Video Visitation for D.C.
New Video Visitation Center Housed within the D.C. General Hospital
Washington, D.C.; USA – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced
that the D.C.
Department of Corrections (DOC) has moved forward with implementation
of a pioneering model for inmate visitation via video conferencing.
This technology connects inmates housed at the D.C. Jail with their
visitors via the departmentís state-of-the-art Video Visitation Center,
located within the D.C. General Hospital complex.
"Iím excited to announce this new visitation technology, because
it will significantly streamline visitor check-in, improve the management
of inmate visitation and improve safety and accessibility for family
members and friends," said Mayor Gray. "Itís the right
solution for our visitors, incarcerated persons and staff members at
the D.C. Jail."
The Department of Correctionsí implementation of video visitation is
supported by a strong working partnership with Global
Tel*Link (GTL), their current provider of inmate
telephone service. GTL understands the District is a unique jurisdiction,
but one that can benefit from the video-visitation technology the firm
has implemented in large and small jails across the country. It allows
for an increased number of daily visits (DOC will be able to double
visits from 200 to 400 per day using the technology), reduces congestion
and long lines for visitors, eliminates the need for invasive security
measures (such as pat-downs and frisking) and cuts down on security-related
and staffing costs.
The D.C. Jailís new Video Visitation Center is set go live on July 25th.
This project has involved renovation of space in the D.C. General Hospital
complex along with the installation of 108 video units and the supporting
infrastructure (including 54 units for visitor use at the Video Visitation
Center and 54 in the jailís housing units, where inmates will access
the system). The new video-conferencing protocol impacts the social
visitation process for all D.C. Jail inmates as well as juveniles being
adjudicated as adults who are in the custody of DOC, but housed separately
at the Correctional Treatment Facility. The legal visitation process
remains the same, with 24/7 access continuing in the jail.
With video visitation, the entire process Ė from scheduling to the inmate/visitor
connection Ė is made simple. The public now has the option of scheduling
visits by telephone or through a secured website portal, after which
they report to the Video Visitation Center on the specified day, confirm
their scheduled appointment and begin visiting after being assigned
a video station.
DOC Director Thomas Faust is optimistic about the systemís impact in
the District of Columbia. "I view implementation of video visitation
as another step toward improving operational efficiency within the D.C.
Jail," he said. "I am also confident that there will be marked
improvements in facility security, with diminished opportunities for
bringing all forms of contraband in to the facility."
Doxie McCoy (EOM) 202.727.9691; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvia Lane (DOC) 202.671.2137; email@example.com