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Inmate video visitation being considered in Dallas County

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Dallas County Commissioners approve of taking the next step to change how inmates in the Lew Sterrett Jail visit with family members and loved ones -- the county is considering inmate video visitation.

The system would be similar to a system currently in use by some county law enforcement centers across the country.  

It will allow for more frequent visits and more inmate visits at the same time, but inmates can be charged for using the system, and that generates money for the county.            

“There's nothing that will impact the bottom line of the budget like this inmate video visitation,” said Commissioner John Wiley Price.

The idea is to put viewing locations in every city in the county, which would eliminate the need for folks from far north to have to drive downtown, pay for parking, stand in line and be searched by jailers before they see a family member or friend.

Currently, the list of vendors has been whittled down to four.

County staff will move forward to the next phase of the selection process.

No cost has been determined for the video visitation proposal.

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