A portrait of Peter Wagner.
Peter Wagner
Executive Director
I need your help. Video visitation should keep families together, but it’s being implemented in the worst way possible: private companies and sheriffs are working together to replace in-person visits with expensive video chats.

We are fighting to protect in-person family visits and have been successful in the state of Texas and Portland, Oregon.

Can you help us protect essential human contact with a one-time or monthly gift?

I thank you in advance for standing up for families over profits.
—Peter Wagner
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Video Visitation

The for-profit video visitation industry has been quietly sweeping the nation's state prisons and county jails. Unfortunately, in order to stimulate demand for their low-quality product, jails and video visitation companies often work together to shut down traditional in-person visitation rooms and instead require families to pay up to $1.50 per minute for visits via computer screen. With some notable exceptions, video visitation technology is poorly designed, does not work well, and makes a trying time for families even more challenging.

The Prison Policy Initiative and partners across the country have been fighting this industry at the local level, and now we are taking the call for regulation all the way to the Federal Communications Commission. In January 2015, we released the first comprehensive national survey of the video visitation industry.

Our new report:

We also collaborated with NYC comedians to challenge the video visitation industry's offensive claim that video visitation is "just like Skype" with 4 short videos:

Press coverage and editorial support

Blog posts

See also:

Our page about bringing fairness to the prison and jail telephone industry and other reports about video visitation

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  • September 21, 2016:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be speaking at Claremont McKenna College in California. Details TBA.

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