The Allen County Jail is now offering video visitations for inmates to promote more successful reintegration into society when inmates are released.
The Allen County Sheriff’s Department said Monday it had introduced video visitation services at its 741-bed jail. In a press release, the department said it was now offering remote video visitations, where inmates can video chat with loved ones, or onsite video visitations, where loved ones can use stations at the jail to video chat with inmates.
Stations have been installed in the jail’s blocks for inmates to use for video visitations. The sheriff’s department said the tablets issued to inmates cannot be used for the video chats.
Inmates are allowed three video calls per day, with each call capped at 25 minutes. More information is available HERE.
The sheriff’s department said the video visitation program was introduced because studies have found that inmates have a better chance at successful reintegration into society if they communicate often with their support system. Officials said the services can also reduce inmate movement, decrease the likelihood of contraband entering a facility, and enhance security through better monitoring.
The set-up and hardware of the video visitation system did not cost the county, the sheriff’s department said. In fact, Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux said the program would save the county money.
“Video visitation will save the taxpayers money by eliminating approximately 5,000 additional officer hours a year that can be reallocated where needed,” said Gladieux. “It will also be more secure, since we are not moving inmates and visitors thorough the confinement facility.”
Integrated technology solutions provider GTL was contracted implement the services.