Fla. jail replaces in-person visitations with video

Prisoners now meet visitors via monitors located in separate buildings


By Shoshana Walter
The Ledger

FROSTPROOF, Fla. — Video screens will soon replace the quarter-inch thick sheets of scratched plexiglass and scratchy-sounding phones separating visitors from inmates at the South County Jail.

When the construction of new buildings and renovations to the existing jail are complete, sheriff's officials say inmates will no longer meet their visitors in person. Instead, as in many jails around the state and nation, inmates and visitors will be in separate buildings, viewing each other on video monitors.

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