- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The Faulkner County jail will soon allow inmates to visit with family and friends through video in an effort to minimize security risks and office manpower while giving detainees more opportunity to speak with their loved ones.

Maj. John Randall says video visitation is scheduled to begin March 21 at Unit Two, the newer of the county’s two jails. The facility houses up to 218 men and 88 women.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1RZGSwm ) reports that the Internet-based visitation will work similarly to Skype. Inmates will be able to see and talk with friends and relatives who will use equipment located elsewhere in the jail or from computers, smartphones or similar technology in their own homes.

Randall says setting up the system at home will cost a one-time fee of $9.75 and then 50 cents per minute.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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