Relatives who want to visit inmates in five Wisconsin counties no longer have to come to the jail in person. Now they can visit from afar using a Skype-like video system, for 25 cents a minute.
"It really is a great way to thwart the contraband trade in the facility,” said Marathon County Jail Administrator Sandra La Du-Ives. She said some of the cons can be internet speed issues and visitors will get cut off after the allotted time.
Deputies say video visitations are easier to monitor because inmates don't have to be shuffled around. Also, video visits can be monitored remotely, so fewer staffers need to be on hand.
The system is also in jails in Barron, Chippewa, Forest and Marathon counties. Authorities elsewhere say they're keeping an eye on how well the new systems work to evaluate whether to offer the same option.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report
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