For law enforcement and visitors, videoconferencing could save time and money. At the Lauderdale Detention Center in Alabama, jail administrators want a videoconferencing system to become the new visiting window. If the system is implemented, visitors with a computer can talk to an inmate whenever they want, while jailors can save time releasing inmates for visiting hours.
According to WHNT, jailors do spend a significant amount of time transporting prisoners from their cells to the visiting area. Of course, they have to take them there, wait, and then take them back to their cell when they are finished. Their jail administrator, Jackie Keenum said that the system would work to solve some of those problems.
While the videoconferencing system has some obvious benefits, it would cost money. For the detention center, it could cost over $100,000, and family members would have to pay a fee. If visitors don’t have a computer at home, one would be provided for them. Although there is a cost, it will save both time and money for those who have to travel long distances to visit an inmate.