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Old 02-16-2019, 02:05 PM
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Anyone have video visit capabilities?

How long did it take to get approved?

Do *you* have to stay stationary or can you move around with your device (laptop, phone, tablet)?
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I'm sorry you haven't gotten a reply Have you tried reading through the General Prison Talk sub-forum for visitation? Or the Illinois sub-forum for visitation?

I had a couple of video visits through Telmate a few years ago. My Mr & I were denied visits, but there was no "approval" necessary for the video visits. Or, if there was, we somehow fell through the cracks and the system (Telmate) just let us do it

I can't remember if "moving around" was brought up in the rules, but I doubt they'd like it much if there was a lot of movement from room to room to outside & back, or whatever. It may cause the system to shut you down (?) but I don't know that for a fact.
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You can read up on the rules on the IDOC website.
https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facil...px#visitationg

A headset is recommended due to the feedback. The first time I did a video visit, I didn't use a headset and the feedback wasn't terrible, but it was there and annoying.
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Anyone have video visit capabilities?

How long did it take to get approved?

Do *you* have to stay stationary or can you move around with your device (laptop, phone, tablet)?

We just started video visits with IDOC GTL a few months ago. It took about a week to get approved. You can't move around, you have to stay seated. You can't turn the camera around and show him the room. No music on in the background, no one else can say hi even if they are not on camera. Oh and you have to wear the same appropriate clothing as you would on a face to face visit. It's fun tho!
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We just started video visits with IDOC GTL a few months ago. It took about a week to get approved. You can't move around, you have to stay seated. You can't turn the camera around and show him the room. No music on in the background, no one else can say hi even if they are not on camera. Oh and you have to wear the same appropriate clothing as you would on a face to face visit. It's fun tho!
Damn I wonder why mine still hasnít been approved and itís been 2 weeks now. He added me to his list a week ago and said it was approved on his end.. Dixon is killing me.
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Anyone have video visit capabilities?

How long did it take to get approved?

Do *you* have to stay stationary or can you move around with your device (laptop, phone, tablet)?
I have them weekly. It took over 30 days to be approved. I recommend headphones and a quiet place. Try not to move to much- pixels are bad. So yes stationary do not walk around. Make sure to have your I'd handy. They check you in. Only you are allowed in the screen, they will cut the visit if they see anyone else.

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I have them weekly. It took over 30 days to be approved. I recommend headphones and a quiet place. Try not to move to much- pixels are bad. So yes stationary do not walk around. Make sure to have your I'd handy. They check you in. Only you are allowed in the screen, they will cut the visit if they see anyone else.

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I wonder if I can use a tablet to do this or if I can use my phone in the car (parked of course).

I called the prison yesterday and they said it usually takes about a week to be approved - the person who attended me said they may have had someone on vacation. Iíve noticed a HUGE lag with GTL messaging over the past week :/ so I wonder if the mailroom is short staffed or..?
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Ok so at what point should I follow up with the prison? I registered 2/6, I called 2/19 and she said usually it takes about a week, but that my file was in the background check phase. Do I give it another week? Try back this week?
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For anyone else's future reference: took 28 days for approval.
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We just started video visits with IDOC GTL

a few months ago. It took about a week to get approved.


You can't move around, you have to stay seated.




Oh and you have to wear the same appropriate clothing as you would on a face to face visit. It's fun tho!
OMG. yea i heard that.

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so i just was teasing mi bebe saying, "I guess mi silk nightie is out huh with a romantic cancion!(song) i wrote. lol he laugh so loud other night when i said this, as we are anxiously looking forward to it. (KANE COUNTY)keep saying soon. Latest is now the 24th, we pray this is true.adios... hugs to all and blessings. i just can't wait. adios.
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