AUSTIN -- Travis County jails became the first in the state to make video-visitation technology available to inmates on Wednesday.
Using the system, people will be able to visit their loved ones and schedule those visits from their homes, offices, or anywhere equipped with a computer, camera and high-speed Internet access.
According to the Travis County Sheriff's Office, the technology debuted May 1 in the county's jails.
The sheriff's office says the main reason for the switch is the safety and security of the inmates and staff. Inmates will no longer need to be transported to the visitation center for visits.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the 2,000 inmates in the system would pay $20 for a 20-minute video visit that could be scheduled up to once a day.
Securus Technologies Inc. will run the system, collect most of the fee and pay the county $4.60 per call.
Go to www.Securustech.net/VideoVisitation to schedule and reserve the next at-home visit with an inmate at the Travis County Jail. Click on “Get Started Now," then follow the on-screen instructions and complete your registration. Detailed instructions can be found by clicking on “How It Works” or “Support” from the www.Securustech.net/VideoVisitation website.
For those who don’t have access to a computer, visitation for the entire jail system, Downtown and Del Valle, will still ooccur at the Travis County Correctional Complex Visitation Center.