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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  • by UMMMMMM?????? Location: Tallahassee on Apr 5, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    IF YOU READ THE STORY IT'S A JAIL WHICH IS MUCH DIFFERENT THEN PRISON. IF YOU DO YOUR RESEARCH JAIL IS FOR PEOPLE HAVE SOMETHING AS SMALL AS UNPAID TICKETS NOT FELONY CRIMES. SO........ SORRY YES THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT BAD PEOPLE AND PRISONERS ARE NOT EITHER. PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES AND DO THERE TIME AND PAY FOR THEM. NOW DONT GET ME WRONG I THINK ONLY CERTAIN PRISONRS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO THIS IF THEY START IT IN PRISONS THOSE WITH NON VIOLET CRIMES!
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      by m on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:24 AM in reply to UMMMMMM??????
      People don't read anymore. They see what they want, also hear what they want. They are in to big a hurry to give us thier garbage.
  • by dog Location: gone on Apr 5, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    This would make it harder to smuggle in drug's and phones but easier to run their gang enterprises, I agree with anonymous your in PRISON you don't have any right's don't like it , don't be a CRIMINAL.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    Why do the inmates have any rights to see anyone on the outside world. Prisoners shouldnt have any rights to see anyone on the outside world...prison isnt supposed to be a walk in the park!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:12 PM in reply to
      This is not a prison it is a county jail. they have had this technology a long time and have used it for court appearances. Using it for visitation is not a bad thing, because it keeps the jail more secure. Family and visitors do not have to go inside the jail and possibly bring in contraband. I know that jail employees sometimes bring contraband in, but I think more is brought in by visitors.
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      by j on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:16 AM in reply to
      This IS A County jail. Read before opening your trap.
  • by AmericanIdiot on Apr 5, 2011 at 08:19 AM
    Sure! Give them another luxury.......!
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