Ohio Counties To Add Video Visitation For Inmates


UPDATED: Sunday March 2, 2014 8:04 AM

Jail officials in two Ohio counties are planning to allow inmates to meet with their lawyers, family and friends using remote video access.

Montgomery and Warren counties in southwestern Ohio want to use the technology to reduce security risks and improve the use of manpower in jails, while offering a convenient alternative to face-to-face visits.

The move also could raise additional revenue, since inmates or other users would be charged for the service.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the counties' jails would be among fewer than 200 jails nationwide currently using the service.

The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing the technology to study its effectiveness and how it affects inmates or visitors with hearing and visual disabilities.

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