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Videoconferencing monitors installed

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In an effort to prepare for the upcoming move into the new jail facility in the fall, two videoconferencing monitors were installed at the current Clay County Jail last week.

"We're getting ready for the transition," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. Employees will need to be trained on the new equipment. "The inmates and the public are part of that transition."

One monitor is installed in the visitation area for public use while the other is installed in a secured area for prisoners' use. The two parties then communicate by a direct phone line that is monitored by staff at the jail while a video link allows them to view each other.

Currently, visitors to the jail can visit in person as in the past, but this practice will be phased out completely over time to be replaced by videoconferencing.

There will be 15 videoconferencing units in the public visitation room that are connected to two units installed in each cell block in the new jail.

"It is a bit impersonal," Heaton said about the new technology that will cut down on the liability issues and increase security at the new jail. "But there are consequences for getting into trouble, and limitations upon a prisoner's personal liberties is one of them."

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Jail Commander Robert Judd demonstrates the videoconferencing unit which displays the visitor's image to the inmate and vice-versa while the two talk via a secure phone line.

In an effort to prepare for the upcoming move into the new jail facility in the fall, two videoconferencing monitors were installed at the current Clay County Jail last week.

"We're getting ready for the transition," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. Employees will need to be trained on the new equipment. "The inmates and the public are part of that transition."

One monitor is installed in the visitation area for public use while the other is installed in a secured area for prisoners' use. The two parties then communicate by a direct phone line that is monitored by staff at the jail while a video link allows them to view each other.

Currently, visitors to the jail can visit in person as in the past, but this practice will be phased out completely over time to be replaced by videoconferencing.

There will be 15 videoconferencing units in the public visitation room that are connected to two units installed in each cell block in the new jail.

"It is a bit impersonal," Heaton said about the new technology that will cut down on the liability issues and increase security at the new jail. "But there are consequences for getting into trouble, and limitations upon a prisoner's personal liberties is one of them."



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