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.