Video Chats Instead of Jail Visitation

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Fri, Sep 12th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

The decision for Dalls County Jail to potentially eliminate all jail visitations and replace them with expensive video chats — 50 cents per minute — is being called both a convenience from a logistical perspective, and "a regressive tax on the poor.”

“Between the cost of gas, parking and time missed from work, as well as removing children from the waiting areas of jails, most will readily embrace the opportunity to visit from home,” the company said.

Inmate advocates disagreed, saying face-to-face meetings with children, parents and spouses are important. Maintaining those ties is key to rehabilitation, they said.

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