Video visitation at Sedgwick County Jail begins next week

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Beginning Monday, the Sedgwick County Jail will begin using a new video screen visitation system.

The new system replaces the old one where inmate and visitor were separated by glass and used a phone to talk to each other.

The new system uses video screens in the jail pods for the inmate who can see and hear the visitor using one of 12 video screens in the jail visitor area.

"Basically it's a telephone with a computer screen and a camera similar to what would be on your computer," said Major Glenn Kurtz, Bureau Commander for the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

The system also allows for friends and relatives to visit with the inmate from their home using a home video computer and camera.

Inmates can have up to three twenty-minute visits per week with family in the lobby. Visits using a home computer will cost $5.00 for 40 minutes.

The system did not cost the county any money and the county will get 20% of fees collected by the vendor, Securus. All visits will be recorded for safety purposes.

The new system which starts next week is popular. They've already received 106 requests for people to visit inmates using this new system.

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