Inmates Have Virtual Visitation Option

By: AP
By: AP

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) -- April 5, 2011 -

Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail have a new visitation option -- video chatting.

Charlotte County Sheriff's officials announced the program
Monday. Each session will cost $35, which is charged to the
inmate's credit card. The sessions will be monitored and can
include up to four people.

Sheriff Bill Cameron compares the system to Skype, a popular
Internet video-chat system. The sheriff's office will split profits
with Montgomery Technology, an Alabama-based company.

Users must register and create an account. The sheriff says jail
staffers will end a session if an unauthorized person enters the
chat. Criminal charges can be filed if the agreement is violated.

The system provides one account for family and friends and
another for lawyers, clergy and bondsmen.

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