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.