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Video-based visits using Zoom are available in all publicly and privately managed prisons in Victoria. Please see the Contacting a prisoner page for more information.

These link s will open in a new browser window. Get Libre Office External link. Community work Community work The majority of offenders are required to undertake unpaid community work as a condition of their order. Prisons Remand Remand Alleged offenders on remand are held in custody before and during their trial on criminal charges by order of a court.

Going to Prison Going to Prison All prisoners undergo reception and assessment before being placed in a prison unit appropriate to the prison and the prisoner’s needs. Contacting a prisoner Contacting a prisoner How to arrange contact or visits with prisoners in the Victorian prison system. Professional contact Professional contact Prisoners are entitled to meetings, phone calls and video calls with professional visitors.

All visitors must clear all security procedures and comply with all visiting room rules. Notice on Cancellations : Visits may be canceled for a number of reasons. You will be notified by email if a cancellation occurs. Please check the email associated with your account the morning of your scheduled visit. At the time of arrival and departure, the visitor may exchange a brief hug and kiss with their incarcerated loved one. There shall be no excessive displays of affection.

Masks are available for inmates and visitors. Masking is recommended but not required. SCI visiting rooms will be laid out to accommodate an appropriate distance between each visiting group. Vending machines and child play areas are temporarily closed. Video Visitation Video visitation is a free service offered to inmates and authorized visitors.

All video visits must be scheduled online at least three days in advance. Up to six visitors may participate in a video visit. Each inmate is generally permitted six video visits per month, one of which may be on a weekend. Register yourself and all visitors participating in the visitations. Select the facility where your loved one is located.

Search for your inmate, and add them. You will see the cost associated with your visit at the time of scheduling. Enter your credit card or debit card information to complete the scheduling process. You will receive a confirmation email and receipt for your visit. For at-home video visits : sign in to the visitation scheduling site 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.

Test your connection, and follow the steps to start your visit. For on-site video visits: arrive at the facility at least 15 minutes prior to check-in. A valid photo ID is required. Each facility has its own rules for on-site visits.

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New video calls at Maghaberry Prison are allowing inmates to connect with a wider circle of friends and family outside than ever before. Face-to-face visits at UK prisons have been suspended during the Covid pandemic.

But Northern Ireland’s maximum security jail has become one of the first in the UK to allow inmates to make Zoom calls to people all over the world. For some prisoners, it has meant seeing family for the first time in years. Before the pandemic only face-to-face visits were permitted. As we approach the computer terminal, Darren’s family appear on screen and there is immediate laughter. He has shaved his head since their last call and they are seeing the new look for the first time.

As his family peered in from their living room, a young child giggled and said: “He changed his hair! It’s a lift. We don’t physically get to see him and it’s not for the same length of time, but 20 minutes is better than nothing. Contact with family is considered important for the mental wellbeing of prisoners and as an aid to reducing offending. HMP Maghaberry has made major changes to its regime to reduce the risk of infection during the coronavirus pandemic.

Prisoners are still able to leave their cells for between six and ten hours a day, but many educational classes have stopped and inmates are now only able to mix with others on the same landing. One prison officer told us he believes that restricting prisoners to their own landings has in fact strengthened some relationships between inmates and staff.

Staff have run some alternative fitness activities on landings, to try to keep prisoners occupied while gym and activity spaces are now out of bounds. HMP Maghaberry has also accelerated the opening of a new building during the pandemic to reduce the number of prisoners sharing cells.

Only 46 prisoners are now doubled up in cells, compared to more than at the start of the lockdown. More than prisoners have entered HMP Maghaberry during the pandemic and new inmates must now spend 14 days in quarantine. The strict new regime by the prison staff has resulted in no prisoners testing positive for coronavirus. There is no date set yet for face-to-face visits to resume, but the prison intends to keep the video calls a permanent option for prisoners in future.

However will allowing prisoners the opportunity to stay in contact with a much wider circle of family and friends during their sentences be seen as an unnecessary luxury? Over prison officers warned about work absence. Prisoners to be temporarily freed due to Covid Contact with family is considered important for the mental wellbeing of prisoners. Lockdown while locked up. A prison officer in full personal protective equipment PPE in Maghaberry.

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