FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21 )– Allen County Jail staff have a new visitation policy. They’re working with the company “GTL” to provide inmates with two services.
The first is remote video visitation, will allow inmates to schedule and conduct video chats in a set up similar to Facetime or Skype.
The other is an onsite video visitation, which allows an inmate’s friend or family to use what is being called “stations” to chat with witnesses from the lobby. Neither of these visitations is in person.
The Allen County Sheriff’s Department said video visitation has expanded rapidly throughout U.S. correctional facilities in recent years to act as a complement to traditional methods of visitation.
They say it helps facilities looking to reduce inmate movement, decrease the likelihood of contraband entering a facility, and enhance security through better monitoring.
“Video visitation will save the taxpayers money by eliminating approximately 5000 additional officer hours a year that can be reallocated where needed. It will also be more secure since we are not moving inmates and visitors through the confinement facility,” Sheriff David Gladieux said.
The system has been in place since February 18.