Virtual Prison Visits

Virtual Prison Visits

The DC Department of Corrections recently announced a shift to video-only visits for prisoners with family and friends. We look at the benefits and potential drawbacks.

Prison systems around the country have embraced video visitation as a low-cost, high security way to connect inmates with their family and friends. But prisoner rights advocates were alarmed when the DC Department of Corrections recently shifted to video as an alternative to traditional visitation and eliminated all in-person visits. We explore the benefits and potential drawbacks of video visitation.

Guests

Thomas Faust

Director, DC Department of Corrections

Ivy Finkenstadt

Staff Attorney, DC Prisoners' Rights Project, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

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