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Jail beginning video visitation service

March 11, 2019

Allen County Jail inmates can chat with friends and family through a newly installed video service, officials announced today.

The internet-based service allows inmates to meet with loved ones “in a set-up similar to Skype or FaceTime,” according to a statement from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. It will also be used at the jail, where visitors to the facility will speak to inmates through a video chat function.

The move limits movement of prisoners and decreases the likelihood of contraband making its way into the facility, officials said.

“Video visitation will save the taxpayers money by eliminating approximately 5,000 additional officer hours a year that can be reallocated where needed,” Sheriff David Gladieux said. “It will also be more secure, since we are not moving inmates and visitors through the confinement facility.”

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