Every Saturday, Brandon gets up early, puts $60 in his tank, and drives a little more than a hundred miles to see Erin at the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women. He never misses a visit, because sixty bucks and a couple hours on the road is a small price to pay to see his wife’s face.
But Erin’s birthday was on a Tuesday this year – Valentine’s Day, actually – and Brandon couldn’t get away from work. So he did the next best thing: he and Erin had a Video Visit.
JPay Video Visitation is in pilot testing at the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW), which is how Brandon and Erin were able to have their special birthday video call. A full-scale launch at MCCCW and other Washington prisons is scheduled for the next few months.
JPay will launch the web video calling service in two Ohio state prisons – the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) and the Correctional Reception Center (CRC) in March, as well as at the Miami Correctional Facility in Indiana. These facilities join state prisons in Georgia, North Dakota and Indiana in offering Video Visitation.
See if Video Visitation is available in your loved one’s area. Click here to visit JPay.com.
How does it work?
Inmates access the Video Visitation system through the JPay kiosk installed in their living units, each of which has a webcam and handset designed to withstand the rigors of a prison environment (the kiosks also feature JPay email). The inmate’s friends and family schedule web video calls through JPay.com – each call is subject to approval by the corrections agency – and conduct the visit from the comfort of home.
In Brandon’s case, he visited from the comfort of his pickup.
Like Brandon, many individuals with loved ones in the state prison system live many miles away from where they are confined, making in-person visits inconvenient and costly. Video Visitation bridges the distance gap with technology, and JPay eases the financial burden with reasonable rates for the typical 30-minute video call session. In fact, in some prisons a half-hour Video Visit is cheaper than a half-hour phone call.
To learn more about Video Visitation, click here.