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Kentucky jail tries Internet visitations

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky jail is among the first in the area to try out Internet visitations for inmates.

The Campbell County Detention center began offering off-site Internet access visitations similar to Skype earlier this month.

Jailer James Daley told The Kentucky Enquirer that the system would provide additional security at the jail, decrease the amount of jail staff time spent on visitations and give an advantage to inmates' families.

"A child should not suffer because mom or dad is in jail," he said. "Now, anyplace they can access the computer, they will be able to have a lot more visitation time."

Daley said inmates are more likely to transition back into society if they have more contact with the outside world.

It is similar to a system used at the Rutherford County Jail in Murfreesboro, Tenn., which as offered online visitation since May.

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