Lawrence County jail inmates will be able to text and video chat with loved ones in the near future, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The jail is part of a pilot program through Reliance Telephone of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Thirty-five percent of the fees charged to inmates will be returned to the county to help pay for the cost of the technology.
Communication exchanged by inmates will be monitored by the sheriff’s office through equipment provided by Reliance. Lawrence County Sheriff Brian Dean noted that video visitation is more secure, as no transportation of inmates is required to allow them communication with visitors. Face-to-face visitation will still be allowed after the new program begins.
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