Introduction Video Calls
Going to jail is no fun. Video Calls Even if you’re being detained for a short time, you’ll want to be able to keep in touch with friends and family members on the outside. Unfortunately, many jails don’t allow inmates access to phone calls or email.
Fortunately, there’s another way: video visitation. Video visitation allows people on the inside of a prison (or jail) to connect with loved ones via online video calls—no matter where they are in the world. We’ve put together this guide for anyone who wants to learn how to use inmate video calling services like Securus or Jail-Mail so that they can stay connected with their loved ones inside prison walls.
Sign up for a video visitation provider.
The first thing you need to do is sign up for a video visitation provider. There are many options, so do your research and make sure you choose the best one for you. Also, find out what the providers offer and what they charge.
Some charge a flat fee per minute while others may have an hourly rate or per-visit charges. Ask if you can pay by cash or check, too! It’s also important to find out how many people can be in the room at once: some companies allow just one person (the inmate) on camera while others allow up to four people in the room during each call.
Set up a video visitation account.
Step 1: Choose a provider.
In order to get started with video visitation, you’ll have to choose a company that offers it as part of their service. If you’re not sure where to start, check out the list below for suggestions from other inmates and friends who’ve tried them out in the past.
- Securus Technologies – This is one of the larger companies offering inmate video calls, so it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for something more reliable than some new startup or Mom & Pop outfit operating out of an old house on Main Street somewhere. They offer free introductory packages with limited minutes or data usage and then charge a monthly fee after that point if you want continued access.
- however, if all goes well these costs should be minimal compared with those charged by other companies (around $10-20 per month). The downside here is that they have strict rules against recording video conversations unless both parties consent beforehand… so don’t try any funny business.
Schedule your visit.
Schedule your visit. If you’re visiting an inmate in a North Carolina state prison, schedule your video visitation visit at least one week in advance by calling 866-841-8151 or visiting the Division of Prisons’ website. If you’re visiting an inmate in a local jail or federal prison, contact their facility for specific scheduling requirements and fees.
Takeaway Video Calls:
Inmate video visitation is a way to stay connected with family and friends in prison. It’s a safe, secure, and convenient way to visit.
- Free to use
- Available in most states
We hope this guide has helped you understand the process of scheduling a video visitation with an inmate. Video calling from home is a great way to stay connected with your loved ones, as long as they are incarcerated and unable to come visit in person. With so many options out there for different providers, it can be hard to decide which one is right for your own needs. The best way to find out? Try them all.