The Yellowstone County Detention Facility recently implemented a system that will allow loved ones to engage in visits with inmates without ever leaving their home.The remote visitation system by Telmate, launched Dec. It allows scheduled 30-minute visits via webcam for inmates to communicate with their friends and family members for .50 a session.The public links to the inmate through a Web browser, and the system in the detention facility resembles a pay phone with a screen.It's equipped with a camera and telephone for communication similar to what an in-person visit would entail."This gives you the option to schedule a visit at a time that is convenient for you and you can stay right at home," Justin Tidwell, a Telmate account manager, told KBZK.
In-person visits are also limited to one per week, while remote webcam visits are unlimited as long as the fee is paid. Y., is also taking advantage of technology to make reaching inmates more convenient.
As of December 2011, the facility had installed Web-based video-conferencing systems in the jail’s housing areas.
The system is used to allow necessary professionals like attorneys, mental health staff and probation officers to engage in online meetings with prisoners. Daniel Engert of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office stressed the benefits of reducing the amount of physical visitors, like attorneys, the jail must accommodate.
“Many of our inmates are being held for federal court in Buffalo, so their attorneys are located 40 minutes away,” he said.
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