by Ann Thompson
Visiting an inmate at the Warren County Jail is now as easy as logging onto your computer.
The Sheriff’s Department has contracted with the HomeWAV system to begin online inmate video visitation. “Video visitation is the wave of the future for correctional facilities,” Sheriff Larry Sims said, “and Warren County is proud to offer it.”
Montgomery County already uses HomeWAV and Campbell County does the same thing with another system.
The new Warren County system expands visitation. Inmates are now available from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
On the jail end, HomeWAV installed a telephone handset connected to a tablet with a built-in webcam in the prison common area. Family and friends just need to have a computer connected to the Internet.
The visit via computer isn’t free. The cost is $0.50 per minute, paid by the caller. The jail saves because there are no sheriff’s personnel involved and there is no need to schedule visits in advance.
HomeWAV says it has contracted with 47 facilities in 20 states.