LaPorte County Jail turns to video visitation

2013-04-05T14:45:00Z LaPorte County Jail turns to video visitationStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 05, 2013 2:45 pm  • 

LAPORTE | People will soon be able to visit loved ones in the LaPorte County Jail from a computer screen without leaving home.

The LaPorte County Commissioners approved a three-year contract Wednesday with Securus Technologies to provide video visitation at the jail.

There will be no cost to the county with Securus footing the entire $250,000 installation cost, said LaPorte County attorney Shaw Friedman.

Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer said loved ones from any location will be charged $20 for 20 minutes to visit an offender from their personal computer.

Each cell block will have a kiosk and offenders will be directed from their cells to the kiosk for visitation during a set time period.

He said personal visits with loved ones and offenders separated by a glass wall will be terminated, saving on the cost of staffing those visitations.

Mollenhauer said the county spent about $400,000 over the last six years installing the wiring needed to operate video visitation.

He said those dollars were taken out of a fund derived from the sale of snacks and other products offenders can purchase from the jail commissary.

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