CITIZEN VOICES® Majority support video visitation services for NH state prison inmates – 172 citizens

Oct 24, 2015

Several state departments of corrections have authorized the use of software that allows friends and family members to pay to chat via video connection with prison inmates. In NH, such video visitation services are available at some county prisons but not state prisons. Read more about this issue. On October 24, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH allow state prison inmates to video chat with loved ones?”

Should NH allow state prison inmates to video chat with loved ones?

Prison Video Visits New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 137 participants gave 275 responses.

A total of 86% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 14% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 137 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 275responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said

Yes:  A majority, at 59% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of allowing state prison inmates to video chat with loved ones. 

  • “Do it for their families, especially their children.”
  • “Personal connections are an important part of rehabilitation and necessary for their mental and emotional health."

No:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 43%, were opposed to allowing state prison inmates to video chat with loved ones.  

  • “The reason you go to prison is to pay for your crime and lose privileges.”
  • “Try once thinking of the victim and the victim’s family.”

Other: As noted above, 14% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Sentencing: "Stop locking people up for victimless and non-violent crimes."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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