|Ohio to try out inmate video visits with family||| Print ||
|Written by By Associated Press|
|Monday, 24 May 2010 07:41|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) â€” Ohio's prison system is about to allow loved ones to spend time with inmates through a video hookup from a specially equipped parole office.
Prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn says the video visits will help inmates maintain family ties and save family members travel costs and time if they live far from state prisons.
A test involving four prisons will begin June 15. Video stations for inmates will connect to video booths at Ohio Adult Parole Authority offices in Cleveland and Cincinnati. At those locations, up to two adults and two children who can sit on their laps will see and talk to an inmate for up to a half-hour for a prepaid $25 fee.
Officials intend to expand the program to all state prisons and regional parole offices, but they're not sure when.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com
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