The Video Visitation System (VVS) consists of two primary components, the video teleconferencing units themselves, and the automated scheduling/reservation system. The system consists of 100 video kiosks at the new Central VVS Center located on Process Drive in unincorporated Palm Beach County, 15 video kiosks at the West VVS Center located at the West County Government Center, and 60 corresponding video kiosks for inmate use at the West Detention Center. Video visitation technology will be expanded to the Main Detention Center in the near future and Stockade when redeveloped.
There are many benefits for the County and inmates. The new VVS system reduces the capital costs associated with the creation of facilities for visitation within the secure jail environment; increases the opportunity for visits between inmates and their professionals reducing courtroom time for this purpose; reduces vehicle transportation for court visits as VVS enables the video court program; reduces substantially the introduction of contraband into the facility; provides for expanded visitation hours in a non-detention environment allowing for greater visitation options for children and families and provides for a reservation or scheduling system.
The development and installation of VVS saved the County over $5,000,000 in capital costs associated with the construction of traditional hardened visitation facilities. In addition, VVS will reduce Sheriff's costs operating costs by reducing internal inmate movement and therefore the number of sworn officers required and by staffed VVS by civilians.
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