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Alachua County Jail to offer at-home video visitation

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Updated: 12/14/2013 8:45 am
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Visitors will be able to talk with inmates without leaving the comfort of home thanks to new technology the Alachua County Jail plans on putting into operation soon.

Jail officials say they purchased Renovo Software's video visitation system in 2009 and have employed different aspects of the software in phases since its arrival.

"We have been able to systematically upgrade as technologies have evolved and as time and budgets have permitted," stated Maj. Charlie Lee of the Alachua County Jail.

The next phase will be a transition to on-site video visitation and the addition of at-home Internet visitation.

Once operational, visitors can log on to a website and choose from a 20-minute at-home visit for a small fee or an on-site video visit for no charge.

"These technologies will help to further offset costs while at the same time helping inmates stay connected with loved ones on the outside -- something that is an important factor in successful re-entry after inmates are  released," stated Lee.

Just as with on-site visitation, the new at-home video visitation will be monitored, and if rules are violated, the visit can be cut short.

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Realchange - 12/14/2013 3:21 PM
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I have problem with this to a degree. The on site visitation is to replace seeing the person in person. Many you might think so what they are criminals there to be punished. The problem is it opens the door further loss of rights of all citizens. Some recent examples include DNA swabs if your arrested even for something minor. Strip searches at air ports. Drones going up to monitor us citizens. Seizure of all electronic communications without court orders. Some of you might say hey I have nothing to hide, so let them do that. After all they the good guys. Same good guys that lied about Agent Orange for over 30 years. Same guys that lied and cheated and let Desert Storm veterans die and created propaganda and cover up stories. Remember if you keep letting them slide with this stuff then in 20 years when one your family members stands up for their rights and suddenly disappears arrested on some trumped up charge. For example transporting felony bought kerosene then it's your fault for letting it get so bad. Sounds crazy but the problem is lately common citizens have no rights and this is just another step in that direction.
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