VISITATION SCHEDULING UPDATE
In an effort to give family and friends more flexibility with their visits, we have modified our policy to now allow same-day scheduling. Effective tomorrow, July 23, 2020, visitors may schedule visits the same day. Please note; same-day visits will require a 4 hour window from the time it is scheduled until the visit can take place.
NEW VISITATION PROGRAM
COVID-19 has been a unique and ever changing situation and we are aware of the difficulties and strain the suspension of our programs and visitation has placed on the inmates, their families, and their friends. Since March of 2020, when we realized this would be a long term event, we have been working with our inmate telephone provider for a viable alternative to onsite visitation. Unfortunately, these plans slowed and then eventually halted as we faced the many challenges of having a number of inmates and staff test positive for the virus.
However, since that time, we have been able to move forward and are pleased to announce the launch of a web-based visitation system that allows for both, onsite and remote, visits. This system allows visitors the ability to visit with their loved ones from the safety and comfort of their home, utilizing a computer, tablet, or any Android smart phone. (IPhones do not currently work with this system, but we are told they are working on a solution to this)
Effective, July 13, 2020, we will resume our visitation program, utilizing the IWeb Visit system for remote visits only. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will make a decision for onsite visits at a later date.
IWeb Visit was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Decatur, Alabama. They operate in 16 states from California to New Jersey. Currently, they serve 30 facilities across the nation and are adding 2-3 facilities per month. IWeb Visit focuses on increasing family contact with inmates and reducing recidivism as well as streamlining the overall visitation process by working closely with jail staff and administrators.
To accommodate this new system, a few changes have been made to our schedule and operations. Visitors will be required to register and schedule all visitations a minimum of one (1) day in advance by going to the website, https://iwebvisit.com. Visitors are no longer required to be on an approved visitor list for each inmate and there are no restrictions to the number of remote visits you can have each week, as long as there is a time slot available.
VISITATION CAN TAKE PLACE DAILY DURING THREE TIME SLOTS 8AM-1130AM 1PM-430PM 6PM-930PM
Visits are in fifteen (15) minute increments and up to three (3) in a row may be scheduled at a time to allow for a total visit of forty five (45) minutes. There will be a fee of $4.50 for each fifteen (15) minute visit and it must be paid utilizing the website when the visitor schedules their visit. This fee is paid to IWeb to operate their system and RSW Regional Jail receives no revenue from this service. Visitors must also understand that by utilizing this system, they agree to the terms and rules of IWeb Visit. In addition, all visitation policies set forth by RSW Regional Jail are applicable.
Any inappropriate content that is observed will result in the inmate losing their visitation privilege for a period of thirty (30) days. Subsequent offenses will result in a loss of visitation for a period of sixty (60) and then (90) days.
NEW RESOURCE AVAILABLE FOR CITIZENS
The RSW Regional Jail is proud to introduce a new public service for our citizens: an online database of reentry resources provided by Rise4Me.
RISE stands for Resources for Improvement, Support and Empowerment of returning citizens. We have compiled a listing of local resources to assist former inmates and their friends and family with successful reentry into society. Visit www.rise4me.com to find resources in a variety of categories such as alcohol and drug, food, housing, employment, medical, and more.
Would your organization like to be listed as an RSW Regional Jail resource? Visit the Rise4Me website to fill out an application.
COVID-19 Information Update: Remote Visitation
We understand the suspension of programs, including visitation, has been stressful and frustrating for family and friends and we greatly appreciate your cooperation and patience.
In early April 2020, we realized this may be a long term issue and began working with our inmate telephone provider to allow for the possibility of remote, web-based, visitations. This would have taken some time to complete, as it requires new cabling to be run and monitors to be retrofitted. However, the process slowed even more during our COVID-19 outbreak, as contractors were unable to access the building.
We are pleased to announce that today, June 23, 2020, the installation of the required equipment has begun. We do not yet have an estimated date when it will be ready for use, but we will update you once more information is available
The primary mission of the RSW Regional Jail is to provide protection for the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia from those who have been remanded into custody. As the conditions of confinement are important to an effective jail system, we make a commitment to provide a humane environment for those confined. The RSW Regional Jail is operated by properly trained personnel. Our staff uses the principles of direct supervision to provide a secure, safe, efficient, progressive, and humane facility for both staff and inmates. RSW Regional Jail will provide inmates an opportunity for personal growth through the implementation of academic and life skills programs and substance abuse counseling and education.