Allen County Jail now using video visitation

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Allen County Jail is using new technology in their inmate visitations. Instead of seeing your loved ones every two weeks in person, you can talk to them up to three times a day on video chat.

Posted: Mar. 14, 2019 6:22 AM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2019 6:22 AM

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the allen county jail is making big changes to their visitation process. instead of going in to see your loved one in person, you can now video chat with them. fox 55's abby jackson has more. )if you know someone behind bars, you now have the option to see them three times per day at 25 minutes each.. but there's a catch.. it'll all be on video. "we're working with an outside company. it's a virginia based company, gtl. they run all our communication s, phone communications inside the jail. and they introduced us to video visitation, and we went and researched it and other departments that are using it. prison systems are using it now." )deputy chief gary grant says moving visitation to video chat saves tax payer dollars and protects the inmates, the officers, and the public who are coming in to visit. "the inmates, they get to stay in their blocks. they get to visit with their loved ones a little bit more than what they would. they usually would only get one visit every two weeks. now, they get three a day." )you can either pay a small fee to talk to an inmate from the comfort of your own home, or you can come right here to the allen county jail, pick up the phone and talk to them on video. )some inmates were upset at the loss of in person visitation, but the video chat program allows them to visit children and even see their pets. "we had a special day a month for children to be able to come in. we had to bring minors in the jail and had to make sure the jail is secure enough to bring the minors in. and now, these parents that are incarcerated in here get to see their children a lot more." )leiutenant david butler says it also closes one more window of opportunity for contraband to get inside the jail. "i don't know that we had a huge problem with contraband getting in that way, but anything is possible and we've eliminated one other avenue that it could be possible." )right now the program only works on your smart phone through android, but gtl is working on an apple option. in fort wayne abby jackson fox 55 news.
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