Tele-Visit Law and Legal Definition

Tele-Visit is the practice of visiting a prisoner from the prison lobby by viewing the image of the prisoner on a monitor, while talking to the inmate on a telephone. The video camera will be located in the prisoner’s cellblock. It is also known as video visitation. Correctional facilities officials claim that video visitation is efficient and safe, prevents visitors from giving prisoners weapons, drugs, and other controlled substances, helps extend visiting hours and days, and has the potential of being expanded to a mobile unit to allow people to visit inmates from a distance. However, critics view tele-visit to be too impersonal and alienate the inmates from society.