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Prisoners and family: A WAB Debate

Thursday August 10 2017




PRISONERS should be able to use video calling services such as Skype to keep in touch with family and friends, the Government has been advised.

A report by Lord Farmer suggests some inmates in England and Wales should be allowed to have "virtual visits" if their relatives cannot attend jail in person because of illness or distance.

The report states: "This would likely include most foreign nationals but also, for example, it might also be too disruptive for new babies, young children or teenagers studying for important exams to come into prison to visit at frequent intervals, but virtual visits would keep up the contact in the meantime.

"Allowing prisoners access to video calling would also help ensure inmates "do not become stuck in a technological dark age which will ill-equip them for life on the outside."

The report also says prisoners should also be considered for temporary release at Christmas to build relationships with their children, and they should be able to take part in fun joint activities with their kids such as training with firefighters.

Do prisoners get enough time with their family? Should they be allowed out on occasions such as Christmas and birthdays? What do you think to the Skype idea?

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