TDCJ’s Face2Face Project Keeps Families Connected
The impacts of COVID-19 are everywhere. No question one of the biggest is the long-term suspension of visitation. Phones are one thing, but there is nothing like seeing your loved ones face.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) knows the impact that the family unit has on successful reentry. TDCJ’s goal is offender rehabilitation and maintaining close contact with supportive family and friends is a critical part of that.
To help alleviate that, TDCJ is introducing a new “Remote Video Visitation” system, which allows family members at home to visit, via live video, with offenders on select units. Friends and family registration will begin on Thursday, August 13th.
Remote visitations will begin on Monday, August 17th.
Remote Video Visitation will be available to offenders at the following locations: Hutchins State Jail, Travis State Jail, Clements Unit, Connally Unit, Crain Unit, Jester III Unit, Michael Unit, Montford Unit, Sanchez Unit, Stiles Unit, Wynne Unit, and Garza West Unit (coming soon).
This project is a re-working of the video visitation system that was slated to debut in early March with connections from long-distance unit to unit. Now those systems have been reconfigured to accept registered off-site visitors.
Remote video visitations are 60 minutes long and will cost $10.00. At this time, offenders will be limited to one remote video visitation per month. Due to COVID-19, the visitation fee is being waived for the first 90 days.
Projects are in development to provide potential remote visitation solutions for other units. For more information, visit https://www.tdcj.texas.gov/news/Face_2_Face.html.