The Gibson County Sheriff's Office is switching to an online system for inmate visits.
It's a big advancement for a jail built more than 30 years ago, and best of all, it won't cost the county a thing.
That's because the technology company, Securus, that is installing the program is using the Gibson County Jail as sort of a pilot program.
"This is our current visitation booths, you can see there are three of them," Gibson County Sheriff, George Ballard said.
It's a tight squeeze, and with about 120 inmates, weekends are busy.
"And you see we are really limited on how many visitors we can have at any one time," Sheriff Ballard said.
Right now, each inmate is only allowed two visitors for a 15 minute session each week. The visitors can only be switched out every 90 days.
"I'll be able to see the rest of my family and other people besides my kids and ol' lady. My mom, my sister, and my aunts and nieces," inmate, Matt Greer said.
Greer is finishing up his sentence this summer, but will get to use the new technology.
Every day room will be equipped with a kiosk. Inmates will be able to use them 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during any day of the week.
"They will be able to have maybe two or three visits a day if they need to," Sheriff Ballard said.
Inmates will also be able to communicate with their attorneys, and the kiosks will also be used for item and medical requests.
"It will be more direct, you know, instead of me having to put a slip in and wait two or three days, it will go straight to the nurse," Greer said.
Although, there will no longer be face to face communication. The jail will have three kiosks set up in the current visitation booths for those who don't have computers at home.
The jail already has the equipment in the basement, and just needs to be installed.
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