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"This Video Call May Be Monitored and Recorded"

Video Visitation as a Form of Surveillance Technology and Its Effect on Incarcerated Motherhood


This article argues that the implementation of video visitation in correctional facilities is a mechanism of control used to enact punitive measures for regulating mothers who act outside the dominant paradigms of motherhood. Because prisons were designed to surveil and mothers have historically been surveilled by institutions, incarcerated mothers are often overlooked when we discuss the surveillance methods used to keep institutionalized motherhood intact. This article builds on existing scholarship characterizing surveillance technology’s role in criminalizing poor mothers of color, and considers the ways in which surveillance technology is used to normalize these mothers during their incarceration. Applying a Foucauldian framework, this article explores how adapting Video Visitation (VV)—a Skype-like video chat program—enables correctional facilities to extend the role of “watcher” and expand the panoptic gaze, which prompts mother-to-mother surveillance and intensifies self-surveillance. The article concludes by drawing attention to VV’s structure and its ability to expand correctional facilities’ surveillance to the children of incarcerated mothers.

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Amanda J. Reinke

with one another, the political economy of alternative justice, and the culture and community of practice. Alternative justice practitioners in this setting work in a variety of contexts, including elementary schools, correctional facilities for adults

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‘Those Twins of Learning’

Cognitive and Affective Learning in an Inclusive Shakespearean Curriculum

Sheila T. Cavanagh and Steve Rowland

with Tofteland and SBB at Michigan's Earnest C. Brooks and West Shoreline Correctional Facilities. She also participated in a workshop on ‘creating circles of trust’ that Tofteland led at the 2017 ‘Arts in Corrections: Building Bridges to the Future

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Ensuring Failure?

The Impact of Class on Girls in Swedish Secure Care

Maria A. Vogel

the nexus of protection, treatment, and punishment (Henriksen and Prieur 2019). Although organized within child protection, these institutions bear a strong resemblance to juvenile correction facilities regarding their far-reaching disciplinary powers

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Amanda J. Reinke

understanding, the responsibilities of all parties involved and who is responsible for oversight. It is a document that binds together alternative justice organisations to the entities that will facilitate their service provision, such as correctional

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Degrees of Permeability

Confinement, Power and Resistance in Freetown's Central Prison

Luisa T. Schneider

may experience this circulation, in Sierra Leone their circles are separated as they move in and out of different correctional facilities. Hence, they remain consistently on the ‘outside’ of each other's lived experiences. In the Sierra Leonean

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Family on the Edge

Neblagopoluchnaia Family and the State in Yakutsk and Magadan, Russian Federation

Lena Sidorova and Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill

to two correctional facilities), where members of most families have gone through prisons. Hence police see a discernible prison culture, expressed by tattoos, and adherence to specific prison/camp laws that have been passed from one generation to the