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Table 6 Social communication and connection policies

From: Policy and public communication methods among U.S. state prisons during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic

Policy Description Frequency Policy Type Policy Form Who Policy Primarily Affects
N % DOC-specific Public health Expand access Reduce access Resident Staff System
In-person visitation is suspended 50 100% X    X X   
Free phone calls 45 90% X   X   X   
Free video calls 29 58% X   X   X   
In-person visitation is restricted 14 28% X    X X   
Video calls other (e.g., made available if not previously provided) 10 20% X   X   X   
Phone calls other 6 12% X   X   X   
Reduced fee video calls 5 10% X   X   X   
Reduced fee phone calls 4 8% X   X   X   
Longer or more phone calls 3 6% X   X   X   
Longer or more video calls 2 4% X   X   X   
% of policies monitored of total in category    100% 0% 80% 20% 100% 0% 0%