TUCSON, Ariz. - Pima County Jail now gives its inmates access to a system allowing more efficient communication with their families. Request2Call allows inmates and their families to send each other notifications when they're able to take a call.
REDUCING JAIL VIOLENCE: A new system at the @pimacountyaz jail is allowing inmates to send their family members a notification when they're able to take a call. Staff says its helping reduce tension & fights in jail. More on @kgun9 at 6:30am. pic.twitter.com/YWpDvb3ED9
It eliminates family members having to wait by the phone, and it eliminates stress and tension on inmates waiting hours to make one call. Calls could be further put off if there was a lockdown that shut down the facility.
Losing that call and the connection to the family can be extremely stressful to the inmate and cause added tension in the jail.
Staff at the jail says having constant contact with family helps keep inmates from re-offending when they leave jail.
Pima County Jail officers say assaults on staff, assaults between inmates, suicide attempts and reports of suicidal thoughts have all gone down since the tablets and the Request2Call system have been implemented in the jail.
Request2Call costs the jail nothing to operate and is free to the inmates too.